Rebecca Hutchinson "Purple Overlap" (detail)

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American Tapestry Alliance online exhibit, “Seizing the Moment”

Exhibitions

American Tapestry Alliance online exhibit, “Seizing the Moment”

01/06/2020 to 01/04/2021

The American Tapestry Alliance presents the work of young artists in an online exhibit, “Seizing the Moment: Three Emerging Millennial Artists” (https://americantapestryalliance.org/exhibitions/tex_ata/seizing-the-moment-three-emerging-millennial-artists/), curated by Alicia Scardetta. This exhibit brings together the work of Kayla Mattes (US), Luiza Caldari (Brazil), and Mariana Pinar Castellano (Spain) highlighting the variety and impact of these rising contemporary tapestry artists. …

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American Tapestry Alliance online exhibit:  Here & (T)Here

Exhibitions

American Tapestry Alliance online exhibit: Here & (T)Here

01/06/2020 to 01/04/2021

American Tapestry Alliance members from around the world participated in Here & (T)Here, their 2019 postcard exchange. Organized by ATA director of awards, Dorothy Clews, randomly paired weavers mailed each other a small handwoven tapestry. View the results in an online gallery at https://americantapestryalliance.org/tapestry-education/educational-articles-on-tapestry-weaving/here-and-there/. Credit: Lindsey Marshall….

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Layer, Fold, Unfold

Exhibitions

Layer, Fold, Unfold

09/25/2020 to 12/27/2020

The Nicolaysen Art Museum
Casper, Wyoming
United States

Georgia Rowswell’s solo exhibition features work inspired by Wyoming’s geology and landscapes. Her pieces are all made from discarded clothing and household textiles. Rowswell’s exhibition also includes a 19″ x 70′ piece entitled “Crazy- A Contemporary Quilt About Fashion’s Pressing Problems.” Embellished with embroidery, the piece features clothing from the top 36 exporters to the …

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Bonnie Peterson: Another Glorious Sierra Day

Exhibitions

Bonnie Peterson: Another Glorious Sierra Day

10/16/2020 to 06/27/2021

Fresno Art Museum
Fresno, California
United States

Another Glorious Sierra Day is an exhibition of narrative art about geography and science in the Sierra Nevada. Artist Bonnie Peterson mixes embroidery with a variety of source materials such as scientific data and early explorers’ journals. Wilderness experiences inform her work. Peterson grew up in the Midwest but has been backpacking in the Sierras …

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ATA International Student Award: Call for Applications

Call for Entry

ATA International Student Award: Call for Applications

11/11/2020 to 04/15/2021

The American Tapestry Alliance International Student Award is presented annually to a student enrolled in a college fiber program. The judging criteria includes: Excellence in tapestry technique (defined as hand woven, weft-faced fabric using discontinuous weft), An awareness of the textile “language”, and Creativity in imagery. The winner receives a cash prize of $750, a …

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Time Unbound

Exhibitions

Time Unbound

11/12/2020 to 12/14/2020

InLiquid
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States

“Time Unbound” is a presentation of work by members of the Art Cloth Network (ACN) celebrating their 20th year anniversary. This exhibition explores the medium of cloth through a combination of two of their annual juried collections, “Full Circle” and “Unbound”. It represents the full range of artistic voices working within ACN, examining the limits …

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In Place- interactive fiber sculpture

Exhibitions

In Place- interactive fiber sculpture

11/14/2020 to 12/24/2020

Marin Museum of Contemporary Art (MarinMOCA)
Novato, California
United States

In Place explores the concept of place through Sonya Hammons’ interactive felt sculptures made from local wool and found objects, and silk hand dyed from rusty found objects in local boatyards. The work was created while sheltering in place on the artist’s houseboat. The fiber sculptures encase objects salvaged from industrial operations in Sausalito’s Marinship …

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Lectures

Conversations with Cloth, hosted by Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada and Ana Lisa Hedstrom

11/18/2020 to 01/06/2021

The program will be interactive with Q&A after each presentation/conversation. Priority sign-up (3 days before the public) will be given to the World Shibori Network members. We welcome participants to forward questions in advance using the online form. Episode #2: Nui Shibori/ Stitch-resist Wednesday • November 18 • 2020, 1pm-3pm (pacific coast time) A brief …

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How to Write an Artist Statement & Other Promotional Materials

Workshops

How to Write an Artist Statement & Other Promotional Materials

12/01/2020 to 12/08/2020

Peters Valley School of Craft

Tuesday, December 1st ~ 9:00am-11:00am EST Tuesday, December 8th ~ 9:00am – 11:00am EST. Instructor: Nancy J. Ori This workshop will focus on marketing and professionalism through a personalized approach to improving your promotional materials. These promotional materials include creating a marketing plan, featuring how to write an artist statement. When trying to exhibit and …

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Fabric Marbling Virtual Workshop

Workshops

Fabric Marbling Virtual Workshop

12/05/2020 to 12/13/2020

Peters Valley School of Craft

Saturday, December 5th ~ 10:00am-11:30am EST Sunday, December 6th ~ 10:00am-1:00pm EST Saturday, December 12th ~ 10:00am-1:00pm EST Sunday, December 13th ~ 10:00am-11:30am EST Instructor:Natalie Stopka Learn the fundamentals of fabric marbling in this exploration of color, pattern, and design in print! Follow along as Natalie leads remote tutorials from her professional marbling studio. Each …

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Online Fabric Painting w/Acrylics

Workshops

Online Fabric Painting w/Acrylics

12/06/2020

Winslow Art Center (Hosting)
Winslow, Washington
United States

Discover a range of techniques that can transform your Fiber Art, creating incredible surfaces and patterns! We will explore a series of Golden Acrylic products, the combination of these can be heat set, creating a soft hand that can also be laundered. Whether you choose to use your fabrics for art to wear, functional art, …

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“Renwick Invitational 2020” Conversation: Rowland Ricketts and Emily Zilber

Lectures

“Renwick Invitational 2020” Conversation: Rowland Ricketts and Emily Zilber

12/08/2020

Washington, D.C.
United States

Learn more about art and process in a lively online conversation with “Forces of Nature: Renwick Invitational 2020” artist Rowland Ricketts and exhibition guest curator Emily Zilber. Discover how Ricketts’s farm-to-studio artistic practice uses natural dyes and historical techniques to create contemporary textiles and immersive site-specific installations. This program is presented in partnership with the …

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Call for Solo or Group Exhibitions

12/31/2020

McLean Textile Gallery
McLean, Virginia
United States

Deadline: December 31, 2020. Opening in December, the new McLean Textile Gallery, located in downtown McLean, Virginia, is excited to display the best of fiber art that can be hung on the wall. Quilting, weaving, felting, knitting, silk painting…The Gallery will showcase the best of what fiber artists can create! Work from one artist, or …

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Stencils & Stamps Online

Workshops

Stencils & Stamps Online

01/16/2021

De Pirro Art Workshops (Hosting)
Allyn, Washington
United States

Ah yes, we’re all very familiar with both but have you ‘really’ explored them as a Mixed Media, Fine Art tool? I’ll be sharing samples & demonstrating both, in combination with several Golden Acrylic products. So many variations to choose from, thick, thin, transparent, opaque, smooth, textured including some unexpected combinations. Whether you choose to …

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Encaustic & Resin Effects w/Acrylic Online

Workshops

Encaustic & Resin Effects w/Acrylic Online

01/23/2021

De Pirro Art Workshops (Hosting)
Allyn, Washington
United States

Create a mysterious & luminous depth, enriching your artwork! Discover how to create the luscious effect of wax encaustic & resin pours using GOLDEN Acrylic Gels and Mediums. Artists will learn how to apply various products to painted or collaged surfaces & in the process discovering the unique qualities of each. I will demonstrate a …

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ATA American Tapestry Biennial 13

Exhibitions

ATA American Tapestry Biennial 13

01/27/2021 to 03/27/2021

Highfield Hall and Gardens
Falmouth, Massachusetts
United States

The American Tapestry Alliance’s American Tapestry Biennial 13 will be exhibited at the Highfield Hall and Gardens in Falmouth, Massachusetts from January 27 through March 27, 2021. This juried exhibition showcases the best in contemporary hand-woven tapestry and is the only ATA series that includes large format work. The exhibit will travel to The San …

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Painted Papers for Collage Online

Workshops

Painted Papers for Collage Online

01/30/2021

Schack Art Center (Hosting)
Everett, Washington
United States

Create your own unique stash of Collage papers! There are many different ways to create pattern and texture on paper; stencil, stamp, imprint, saturate, mask, resist, comb, dabble, brush, splatter…and so on. I will demonstrate using GOLDEN Fluid & High Flow Paints plus explore mark making techniques & gluing of these papers using various GOLDEN …

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Red, Yellow & Purple: Using Historic Natural Dye on Wool

Workshops

Red, Yellow & Purple: Using Historic Natural Dye on Wool

02/06/2021 to 02/13/2021

Peters Valley School of Craft

Saturday, February 6th~ 2:00-3:30pm EST Saturday, February 13th~ 2:00-3:30pm EST This workshop will be held live on Zoom. Instructor: Wendy Weiss Learn the basics of plant dye on naturally colored wool yarn, develop confidence to create a diverse palette, and plan a dye garden for this summer. This virtual class will lead you the through …

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Painting with Natural Pigments & Soy Virtual Workshop

Workshops

Painting with Natural Pigments & Soy Virtual Workshop

02/18/2021 to 02/23/2021

Peters Valley School of Craft

Thursday, February 18th ~ 6:00-8:00pm EST Tuesday, February 23rd ~ 6:00-7:00pm EST Instructor:Natalie Stopka Working with natural pigments is a wonderful way to connect to your local landscape and the history of art-making. In this virtual workshop, you will be introduced to the natural colors of mineral earth pigments and botanical lake pigments. We’ll share …

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Sculpture & Acrylic Online

Workshops

Sculpture & Acrylic Online

02/20/2021

De Pirro Art Workshops (Hosting)
Allyn, Washington
United States

Think beyond the flat surface, move into the next dimension! Learn how GOLDEN Acrylic products can be used to create 3D sculptural forms or simply add more dimension within your flat work. This class will cover a range of techniques including the manipulation of fiber, textiles & paper, creating dimensional acrylic skins, acrylic mold casting …

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Collage & Layering Online

Workshops

Collage & Layering Online

02/27/2021

Schack Art Center (Hosting)
Everett, Washington
United States

We will explore techniques combining paper, found materials and acrylic to create inspirational artworks! Learn how to develop pattern, imagery & texture, combining methods using Golden Paints, Mediums, Gels, Pastes for Collage. Experiment by building up the surface with both smooth & textural layers, revealing & concealing imagery plus transferring images of your own artwork, …

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ATA Small Tapestry International 7: Elements

Exhibitions

ATA Small Tapestry International 7: Elements

03/14/2021 to 06/13/2021

Gallery of Wood Art
St. Paul, Minnesota
United States

The American Tapestry Alliance presents its Small Tapestry International 7: Elements exhibit from March 14 – June 13, 2021. For this year’s biannual event, ATA is partnering with the American Association of Woodturners Gallery of Wood Art in St. Paul, Minnesota. JoAnn Edwards, executive director of the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design, is …

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Intro to Natural Dyeing Virtual Workshop

Workshops

Intro to Natural Dyeing Virtual Workshop

03/29/2021 to 04/01/2021

Peters Valley School of Craft

Monday, March 29th ~ 6-8pm EST Tuesday, March 30th ~ 6-8pm EST Wednesday, March 31st ~ 6-8pm EST Thursday, April 1st ~ 6-8pm EST Instructor:Natalie Stopka This intensive virtual workshop will introduce you to the world of beautiful, accessible, and sustainable natural dyes. You will learn the basics of selecting and preparing fibers, extracting color …

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ATA American Tapestry Biennial 13

Exhibitions

ATA American Tapestry Biennial 13

07/18/2021 to 10/03/2021

San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles
San Jose, California
United States

The American Tapestry Alliance’s American Tapestry Biennial 13 will be exhibited at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles in San Jose, California from July 18 through October 3, 2021. This juried exhibition showcases the best in contemporary hand-woven tapestry and is the only ATA series that includes large format work. The exhibit will …

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