Joanne Sanburg

May 17, 1946 – June 21, 2016

TAPS members remember Joanne’s fun loving nature, her delicious contributions to potlucks, her always excellent book recommendations, her family stories and of course, her witty portraits of women that incorporated unusual fibers, notions and anything that served her purpose, including plastic chickens, county fair ribbons and a mink pelt.

In Joanne’s words:

I am retired from the corporate world. I believe my career prepared me for my art.  Upon retiring I took a class offered by the Portland Art Museum in tapestry weaving. I spent years looking at the faces that I now weave. And, while all of my subjects are women, I weave men’s silk ties into each piece. The slow process of weaving allows me to live with each personality for six to nine months. I embellish my work with found treasures that can be anything from Christmas lights to old menus. They reflect the emerging character and transform the tapestry into a reliquary. My goal is to communicate a specific personality type with my art and artifacts. My work is about recognition of personality types and their artifacts. As pattern seeking animals we learn to read people. This ability was probably linked to our survival as a species. If I have succeeded, you will recognize the work as someone you know.

Joanne’s tapestries

"Zora"

“Zora”

"Stella," 2009, 34" x 23," Wool, pine, silk, cotton and synthetic fibers on cotton warp, embellished with antique flowers, trim, earrings, buckles, buttons, necklace, feather, fur collar and “First Annual Picnic” pin

“Stella,” 2009, 34″ x 23,” Wool, pine, silk, cotton and synthetic fibers on cotton warp, embellished with antique flowers, trim, earrings, buckles, buttons, necklace, feather, fur collar and “First Annual Picnic” pin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Peggy," 34" x 23," Cotton, Wool, Synthetic, Silk, and Pine Fiber. Embellished with Curlers, Jewelry, Men’s Silk Ties, Antique Millinery and Chicken Feathers. Woven on Cotton Warp

“Peggy,” 34″ x 23,” Cotton, Wool, Synthetic, Silk, and Pine Fiber. Embellished with Curlers, Jewelry, Men’s Silk Ties, Antique Millinery and Chicken Feathers. Woven on Cotton Warp

"Mona"

“Mona”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Gwen"

“Gwen”

"Gina"

“Gina”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Gert," 2011, 30" x 23," Wool, silk, cotton and synthetic fibers on cotton warp, embellished with glass beads, buttons, vintage jewelry, millinery, coin purse, eye glasses and a spoon

“Gert,” 2011, 30″ x 23,” Wool, silk, cotton and synthetic fibers on cotton warp, embellished with glass beads, buttons, vintage jewelry, millinery, coin purse, eye glasses and a spoon

"Francis," 2008, 33" x 23,” Wool, silk, cotton and synthetic fibers on cotton warp, embellished with sequins, earring, feather, beads and “Billy Graham” pin

“Francis,” 2008, 33″ x 23,” Wool, silk, cotton and synthetic fibers on cotton warp, embellished with sequins, earring, feather, beads and “Billy Graham” pin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Fay"

“Fay”

 "Dot," 2011, 32" x 23," Wool, silk, cotton and synthetic fibers on cotton warp, embellished with whistle, pins, athletic letter, flowers, hairnet, Christmas lights and framed pieces of '47 menu

“Dot,” 2011, 32″ x 23,” Wool, silk, cotton and synthetic fibers on cotton warp, embellished with whistle, pins, athletic letter, flowers, hairnet, Christmas lights and framed pieces of ’47 menu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Dora"

“Dora”

"Beth"

“Beth”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Constance," 2011, 30" x 23" Wool, silk, cotton and synthetic fibers on cotton warp, embellished with Crucifix, flowers, trim, earrings and a mink pelt

“Constance,” 2011, 30″ x 23″ Wool, silk, cotton and synthetic fibers on cotton warp, embellished with Crucifix, flowers, trim, earrings and a mink pelt

"Bebe," 2009, 36" x 23" Wool, raffia, twine, silk, cotton and synthetic fibers on cotton warp, embellished with shells, beads, flower, “American Red Cross” pin and barrettes

“Bebe,” 2009, 36″ x 23″ Wool, raffia, twine, silk, cotton and synthetic fibers on cotton warp, embellished with shells, beads, flower, “American Red Cross” pin and barrettes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joanne Sanburg, "Jewell"

Joanne Sanburg, “Jewell”

Joanne Sanburg, “Grace”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To Joanne, tapestry is The Elegant Art

In the 21st century tapestry weaving survives defying our capitalistic society which stresses profit making and turns art into merchandise.  Today’s tapissiers are weaving great works against the current of their own time using techniques that have remained unchanged for 3,500 years.

Tapestries with their richness of texture, color and design transcend their temporal and material nature because they become testaments to the sustained effort and rapt attention of their makers.

Tapestries are beautiful manifestations of mindfulness.  They are elegant choices.

 

"Home Sweet Home," 35" x 23" x 2," wool, silk, cotton, and synthetic fiber on cotton warp, embellished with Japanese vintage bees, jewelry, crochet flowers, an old fly swatter, painted weft and woven (hat) straw

“Home Sweet Home,” 35″ x 23″ x 2,” wool, silk, cotton, and synthetic fiber on cotton warp, embellished with Japanese vintage bees, jewelry, crochet flowers, an old fly swatter, painted weft and woven (hat) straw

"Root Series - Carrots," 2012, 10" x 10," Linen, silk, cotton and synthetic fibers on cotton warp, embellished rhinestones and twine

“Root Series – Carrots,” 2012, 10″ x 10,” Linen, silk, cotton and synthetic fibers on cotton warp, embellished rhinestones and twine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 "Root Series - Garlic," 2012, 10" x 10," Linen, silk, cotton and synthetic fibers on cotton warp, embellished with twine

“Root Series – Garlic,” 2012, 10″ x 10,” Linen, silk, cotton and synthetic fibers on cotton warp, embellished with twin

 "Aunt Lucy's Layer," 2011, 16" x 11,” Linen, silk, cotton and synthetic fibers on cotton warp, embellished with “Red” ribbon, feathers, straw and picture

“Aunt Lucy’s Layer,” 2011, 16″ x 11,” Linen, silk, cotton and synthetic fibers on cotton warp, embellished with “Red” ribbon, feathers, straw and picture

 

 

"General Tso's Chicken $7.95," 2011, 11" x 11"

“General Tso’s Chicken $7.95,” 2011, 11″ x 11″

Joanne Sanburg, "UN buttoned"

Joanne Sanburg, “UN buttoned”

Joanne Sanburg, "Button, Button, Who's Got the Button"

Joanne Sanburg, “Button, Button, Who’s Got the Button”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joanne Sanburg, “ta da”

 

Joanne Sanburg, "Bookmark_Garden & Library"

Joanne Sanburg, “Bookmark: Garden & Library”

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