Just back from a wonderful week away at my most favorite place in the world – Loch Fyne.. It didn’t matter about the weather or the midges – we had a great time!
While we were there I did a little day trip to Loch Gilphead to meet another contemporary weaver Louise Oppenheimer whose work I have seen online on various sites. She has a studio set up at her home near Loch Gilphead.
I had never met Louise before – she was very gracious in letting us visit out with her open studio times and it was a delight to talk ‘tapestry’ with her.
Her Studio is a very light and airy extension to her house – and the walls are literally filled with sumptuos flow of colour…..
Her wool and materials collection made me smile as its similar to mine and I often feel guilty for having so much – but I don’t now! It waqs great talking tapestry to Louise and its obvious she is very passionate about tapestry weaving – she is full of ideas and has many little pen line ideas in her sketchbooks – her tapestries as well as colour are full of natural rythm and pattern which seduce you as you look at them.
You can see an article on Louise in Sept/Octs copy of ‘Landscape’
Have been working like mad on several tapestry portraits recently … this is the 1st of many to be completely finished.
this is the start of new work, inspired from my other love …colour! each strand is made up from many tiny handwoven pieces and represents a plant from my wee garden , ie daisy, the rose at my front door ‘brave heart’ ,pink cowslip and some others , for me its quite a large piece made up from lots of tiny pieces each about the size of a stamp. the shape comes from my teachings of the colour wheel to florists. It feels a good start to many ideas.I love working with colourways and my love of weave…it felt right to make each piece of either cotton or linen which of course is made from plants.
2nd of a pair of portraits finished
At last i finished this commission! This has been my hardest tapestry yet I think! I am pretty happy with it! Though always as an artist I always feel I’d weave it a little differently now if I was to start again!
This tapestry is about 29 x 20 cm and is hand woven using linen and cotton.