Upcoming Exhibition: The Nordic Tapestry Group: Weaving Knowledge into Personal Expression
August 12- September 9 at The Washington Art Association & Gallery and The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens. Opening Reception, August 12, 4-6pm at both locations.
Nordic Tapestry is a group of weavers from Sweden, Iceland, and the United States that formed a decade ago when tapestry artist Helena Hernmarck came to Sweden to offer workshops in her weaving technique.
Hernmarck (b. 1941) is a Swedish-born artist and weaver recognized for revolutionizing tapestry as a medium suited to modern architectural environments. Her technique is a play on traditional Swedish weaving techniques, which she has evolved to achieve powerful photorealistic effects. A close look her tapestries reveals bundles of variously hued yarns that combine at a distance to create a remarkable illusion of depth.
Members of the Nordic Tapestry group had seen Hernmarck’s tapestries presented in books, magazines, on television, and in exhibitions, and enrolled in the workshops with a desire to learn more about how her tapestries are made, and how to use light, color, and the different qualities of yarn to weave images.
All had a common passion for textiles, and some arrived with previous experience working with fibers. The workshops awakened a wish to learn more and to apply the knowledge to their own tapestries.
Lisbeth Blomkvist Andersson
Rose Tillberg Mattsson
Winnie JOhnson and Helena Hernmark