Ellen Ramsey
Contemporary Tapestry

Blog: Musings on Textile Art

  1. Heallreaf

    04 Nov 2019
    This year was my first year participating in Heallreaf, an international tapestry biennial in the UK organized by Margaret Jones.  Yes, you heard me right – a major exhibition organized entirely by a single individual.  This would be quite a feat even if Heallreaf was limited to artists living in…

  2. Tapestry in the Galleries: Terri Friedman

    21 Oct 2019
    So way back in April, I saw a show of tapestries by Terri Friedman at Guerro Gallery in San Francisco. The experience was kind of a “perfect storm,” in that I had only just become acquainted with her work on Instagram, where she mentioned the opening of her show. I…

  3. A Visit With Mary Zicafoose

    26 Sep 2019
    Mary poses in her downtown Omaha studio. Recently, my husband and I took a cross-country road trip to the Mid West. I used this occasion to drop in on one of my favorite tapestry artists: Mary Zicafoose.  I met Mary at her downtown Omaha, Nebraska studio. It was such a…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

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