Ellen Ramsey
Contemporary Tapestry

Blog: Musings on Textile Art

  1. Textile Aesthetic Alive and Well in Art World

    2019-04-18 21:36:18 UTC
    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…

  2. Ixchel Suarez and the Canadian Tapestry and Texture Centre

    2018-12-09 21:01:00 UTC
    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…

  3. The Last Word on World of Threads 2018

    2018-11-02 02:23:09 UTC
    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…

  4. Paper Art in World of Threads

    2018-10-31 13:02:36 UTC
    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…

  5. Stitchin’ Magicians: More from World of Threads

    2018-10-26 22:54:48 UTC
    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…

  6. Tapestry at the World of Threads Festival

    2018-10-23 20:09:09 UTC
    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

    2018-09-30 17:30:09 UTC
    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…

  8. Warp-tastic

    2018-08-23 18:08:00 UTC
    After a lot of travel and time away from the studio, my latest piece is finally finished! I’ve titled it “Lotus Lines.”   Lotus Lines, 42”x36” If you read my last blog post, you know that I wove this tapestry on its side, leaving gaps for the warps to span.  I…

  9. What’s on the Loom?

    2018-05-21 21:41:52 UTC
    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

    2018-05-04 18:11:46 UTC
    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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