Ellen Ramsey
Contemporary Tapestry

Blog: Musings on Textile Art

  1. In the Galleries: Christina Forrer, Again

    15 Oct 2022
    For my birthday, I was able to make a quick trip to New York City for an infusion of artistic inspiration.  I had a divine day visiting a few selected shows featuring tapestry and textile art. I feel inspired to share my experiences, so here goes…. (and I hate how…

  2. In the Galleries: Igshan Adams

    12 Jun 2022
    I am totally obsessed with the weavings of Igshan Adams. I’ve been wanting to see the work of this South African artist IRL for quite some time. I narrowly missed my chance to see his show at the Casey Kaplan Gallery in New York last year. So, I just had…

  3. Lost in the Metaverse

    03 Jan 2022
    Wow. It has been a long time since I posted, eh? As 2022 begins, it is time to look back at what I’ve been up to in the studio for the last six months and what I am looking forward to in 2022.  I have been working on a very…

  4. For Weavers Only: More Erin Riley Tapestries

    30 Jun 2021
    In my last post, I focused on the themes and content of Erin Riley’s work as recently exhibited at PPOW Gallery.  For this post, I just want to share “weaving porn.” Not weaving (verb) pornography (noun) – although Erin has done that – but “weaving porn” as in what turns…

  5. In the Galleries: Erin M. Riley at PPOW

    25 Jun 2021
    I had the good fortune to catch Erin Riley’s recent showing at PPOW Gallery in New York. Entitled “The Consensual Reality of Healing Fantasies,” the show featured sixteen tapestries, half of which exceeded 8 feet in height or width and all of which were woven in 2020. (If this reality…

  6. The Big Hack Revealed

    30 Apr 2021
    In my last post I wrote about getting started on the first large(ish) tapestry in a new series of work. After four months on the loom, I finished weaving the piece on New Year’s Eve 2021 with a rather solitary cutting off with my husband and the dog. I dragged…

  7. A New Direction (Before Covid19, Part 2)

    07 Aug 2020
    I’ve never done an artists residency (and still haven’t) but setting up shop in unfamiliar Brooklyn last winter turned out to be very productive situation for me. Due to space and time restrictions, I was forced to work small – which is not really my jam, but I made the…

  8. New York City Art Adventure (Before Covid19) Part I of 2

    27 Jul 2020
    Just recently four boxes arrived at my door. They contained the contents of my “sabbatical studio” in Brooklyn and receiving them represented the last tie to my brief but fun time living in New York City last fall and winter. I can't believe how much time has passed since then…

  9. Creative Paralysis: Side Effect of Pandemic Restrictions?

    30 Apr 2020
    Sometimes you just have to cut bait and jump ship. I left NYC abruptly in early March. This sample had to be sacrificed in order to pack the pipe loom. What to do when your normal routine comes to a grinding halt? That’s the question we all face during this…

  10. Mining Historic Textiles as a Route to the Future

    26 Mar 2020
    The following is a Guest Post by weaver Mary Lane about her recent work and her participation in a workshop led by Gerhardt Knodel on mining historic textiles for design inspiration.  I was a participant in this workshop as well, but I asked Mary to write about her experience because

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