Ellen Ramsey
Contemporary Tapestry

Blog: Musings on Textile Art

  1. 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…

  2. Warp-tastic

    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…

  3. What’s on the Loom?

    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…

  4. Hanging the Beast

    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…

  5. Je Suis un Lissier

    16 Apr 2018
    I trace my tapestry “lineage” to the French tradition through Mary Lane via Ruth Scheuer via Jean Pierre Larochette and the San Francisco Tapestry Workshop, active 1977-1988. How Jean Pierre ended up in the USA in the first place is a fascinating story. To learn about this historical period, I…

  6. How an Iowa Girl found her Tapestry Groove

    05 Apr 2018
    I think it is only fitting to start this blog adventure at the beginning and tell my story: what attracted me to textiles in the first place, and how in the heck did I get into tapestry weaving?  It is a good question.  I grew up in Iowa. Like just…

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