Friday, March 21, 2008

Fall 2008 Textile offering at Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC, USA

Tapestry and Creative Potential

September 21-November 14, 2008


Peggy McBride, Tommye Scanlin, and Pat Williams

Tapestry weaving techniques are easy to learn yet often take a long time to master. Along the way to mastery, there are many roads to consider in methods and in design ideas. This class will be about both: the known paths to basics of tapestry technique and the creative meanderings where ideas develop. Collaborations among teachers and students will encourage all to delve into sequence and resolution, tradition and innovation. We will explore ways to find and develop personal concepts and images through which to celebrate the nature of tapestry. Instructors McBride, Scanlin and Williams are long-time friends in fiber; over the past twenty-five years they've worked together in fiber art guilds, workshops, and critique sessions. They are eager to share ideas with others during this eight-week session at Penland, one of the most exciting craft schools in the U.S.

Brief bios:

Peggy McBride
Mixed media artist (commissions: Atlanta's Alliance TheatreCompany, Children's Hospital, Federal Reserve Bank); owner, Globe Galleryin Clayton, GA; grants administrator for state's Grassroots Arts Program; creative consultant for non-profit art organizations.

Tommye Scanlin
Studio artist; juried member Southern Highland Craft Guildand Piedmont Craftsmen; professor emerita of art, North GA College & StateUniv (GA); other teaching at John Campbell Folk School, Penland (NC), Arrowmont (TN); American Tapestry Alliance award (2007); works included in several public and private collections.

Pat Williams
Studio artist; juried member Southern Highland Craft Guild; Masters in Art Education; art teacher of fifteen years (public school); American Tapestry Alliance award (2006); exhibited nationally and internationally with tapestry works in private collections.

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