Ellen Ramsey
Contemporary Tapestry

Blog: Musings on Tapestry and More

  1. Textile Aesthetic Alive and Well in Art World

    Date 18 Apr 2019
    If you weave tapestries as I do, you have no doubt heard the remark “why don’t you just paint it?” rather than render imagery in such a slow and complex technique.  Why indeed. This week I hit the galleries in the Chelsea art district in New York City, and from what I saw there…

  2. Ixchel Suarez and the Canadian Tapestry and Texture Centre

    Date 09 Dec 2018
    One of the reasons I went to the World of Threads opening in Canada was to meet artist/weaver Ixchel Suarez. Ixchel lives in Oakville, Ontario and runs the Canadian Tapestry and Texture Centre there. A friend of mine took a tapestry workshop there earlier this year. When I learned that Ixchel’s…

  3. The Last Word on World of Threads 2018

    Date 02 Nov 2018
    I’ve blogged about weaving, stitching, and paper art and now, to be honest, I am running out of steam.  But I did not want to close the book on World of Threads without mentioning a few of my favorite pieces in the other creative categories, so here goes Wearables Here I would just like…

  4. Paper Art in World of Threads

    Date 31 Oct 2018
    Some of the strongest work in World of Threads is paper art, be it cast, collaged, or stitched. Although it is not in the main gallery, I would argue that the centerpiece of the entire Festival is an installation made of cast paper by the young Korean-American artist Sun Young Kang…

  5. Stitchin’ Magicians: More from World of Threads

    Date 26 Oct 2018
    I must confess that I break out in hives at the mere sight of my sewing machine, but that doesn’t stop me from admiring what other artists are able to do with this tool. There were more examples of sewn constructions, art quilts, and hand and machine embroidered work in World…

  6. Tapestry at the World of Threads Festival

    Date 23 Oct 2018
    I recently traveled to Oakville, Ontario for the exhibition opening of the 2018 World of Threads Festival. I’m not exactly sure when I first became aware of World of Threads, but only fairly recently. This was my first time entering, but I’m sure it will not be my last.  The…

  7. Late to the Party: Threads of Resistance

    Date 30 Sep 2018
    I’ve recently finished a piece that is inspired by the toxic political divide we now endure. It is called “Lose/Lose” and it consists of nine 4” x 4” tapestries with embroidered and beaded embellishment Lose/Lose, 16 x 16 inches, wool, silk, beads. This piece is a continuation of an older series…

  8. Warp-tastic

    Date 23 Aug 2018
    After a lot of travel and time away from the studio, my latest piece is finally finished! I’ve titled it “Obi I.”  An Obi is the belt that is worn with a kimono, and I thought the strip weavings combined with the shape of the piece fit with that reference. It is Obi “1” because…

  9. What’s on the Loom?

    Date 21 May 2018
    My current project is a ‘baby step’ out of the box, for me.  I am still working with my lotus pond source material, but I am doing several things, both design wise and technique wise, that I have never done before. I am about half-way done on this project and…

  10. Hanging the Beast

    Date 04 May 2018
    Recently, I completed the largest tapestry I have ever attempted. By European standards, it is not all that big, but at 60” x 60” it seems downright huge to me. It is twice the size of anything I have ever woven before.  When it comes to hanging tapestries, I have…

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