Ellen Ramsey
Contemporary Tapestry

Blog: Musings on Tapestry and More

  1. The Shape of Things

    07 Sep 2019
    Have you ever felt like you are standing at a threshold between one state of being and another? I have - a lot actually. In fact, I created a whole body of work trying to convey that frame of mind, but I’m here to tell you that I have finally crossed over…

  2. Tapestry in the Galleries: Aziz + Cucher

    31 May 2019
    When the Metropolitan Museum of Art presented Tapestries of the Renaissance: Art and Magnificencein 2002, I think we all hoped that would spur an increased interest in contemporary tapestry. One could argue that we are currently seeing the revival we had hoped for, because there is certainly a lot…

  3. Tapestry in the Galleries: Christina Forrer

    24 May 2019
    Last month I had the pleasure of seeing the tapestries of Christina Forrer at Luhring Augustine in NYC.  Thanks to Instagram, I’ve become aware of quite a number of new artist/weavers breaking into the scene, most coming out of LA or Brooklyn, who are focusing the limelight on textiles as a medium for expression to…

  4. Textile Aesthetic Alive and Well in Art World

    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…

  5. Ixchel Suarez and the Canadian Tapestry and Texture Centre

    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…

  6. The Last Word on World of Threads 2018

    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…

  7. Paper Art in World of Threads

    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…

  8. Stitchin’ Magicians: More from World of Threads

    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…

  9. Tapestry at the World of Threads Festival

    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…

  10. Late to the Party: Threads of Resistance

    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…

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