As I said before we had two days prior to the opening of the exhibit. One member who coordinated the exhibit invited everyone over to her house for dinner Wednesday night. It was a simple and great meal. I enjoyed meetin everyone and getting to listen in at the meeting for what the buzz is in the tapestry world. I was welcomed warmly and I looked forward to the next two days.
Thursday we were supposed to start first thing with a lesson in wedge weaving, but I think we were all to excited to go in and see the exhibit. It was just being finished as we started gathering. Here are my two in their "natural habitat".
We finally did allow ourselves to be coralled into a conference room for our class. Many complemented Connie because she not only demonstrated, but had us actually weave with acrylic yards aon matboard looms as she would do with her elementary school kids. It will be interesting to see if more wedge weave shows up in other's pieces!
Lunch that days was sponsored by Yes Yarn and was a "lunch and learn" session that was open to the public. We had many weavers to visit, but the group that really captured our hearts were the 6th graders from the Montessori school. During the more official part of the lunch, the president of the TWS talked about the basics of tapestry weaving and asked the kids in particular to try and figure out which direction each piece was woven as they wandered about the exhibit.
The next morning the juror - a prof from U of Georgia - came and gave us a critique on all of the pieces. I thoroughly enjoyed this because I learned so much. There were a few things that she said I had heard before, but the main takeaway was to design such that the viewer will continue to look through different areas of the piece. Then the afternoon was with the professional photographer who came to record the show. Prior he talked to us about how to use our camera to make better journalling of our pieces.
It wasn't long before the opening began. It was great to see friends there that had driven an hour to see me and the work. Another surprise was running into my advisor from college. It was a great time and I look forward to doing this again! Now how can I get more vacation...