Pacific Time Zone

Pacific Time Zone was hosted by The Arts Center in Corvallis, OR (theartscenter.net) from August 18 – September 20, 2016. Any tapestry artist living in the Pacific Time Zone was eligible to enter.

Juror

The exhibition was juried by Layne Goldsmith, professor of Art at the University of Washington since 1983, and an educational entrepreneur specializing in many aspects of textile production. As a studio artist, her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is included in both private and public collections. Her research has led to textile projects with artists and artisans from Italy, Japan, Colombia, Guatemala, Chile, Peru, and Nepal. She is the 2011 recipient of the UW Distinguished faculty award for Lifelong Learning. Since 2004 she has designed and produced custom rugs woven in Nepal by Good Weave certified producers and now under her own label, Layne Goldsmith Studio. She also specializes in Natural Dyes and teaches workshops in her studio: Botanica Dyeworks.

Awards

Ms. Goldmsith selected two tapestries for the First and Second Place Awards. The First Place award winner was Shelley Socolofsky. The Second Place award was Kathe Todd-Hooker.

Juror’s Statement

The history of tapestry is rich and varied, replete with narrative, allegory and symbolism. For centuries spinners, dyers and weavers throughout the world have labored to produce innumerable works, one yarn, one color, and one image at a time. The results represent textiles of innovation and beauty.  I was compelled by this diversity and legacy as I considered the living edge of that history as seen in the tapestries submitted for exhibition in the Pacific Time Zone.

How can one truly understand and appreciate the tens of thousands of hours spent producing these many works of the hand?  Without experience in the craft of weaving, it is difficult to grasp the focus and mastery required to envision and create this art.  Each individual tapestry in this exhibit represents perhaps decades of artistic practice beyond the years spent learning and perfecting the technical craft itself.  This knowledge and my respect for tapestry was integral to my selection process as was the ability of the work to make a statement; be it formal, technical, narrative, or referential to some particular aspect of its history.

There are always questions that remain unanswered when reviewing images of textiles on a computer screen – removed from the physical objects themselves. Colors may not be accurately conveyed; cropping may render the full work incomplete and perfectly geometric while important details in finishing may have been missed in the photographic image. Another concern for me has to do with cultural authenticity. While it is possible to recognize and honor a tradition that is not one’s own, it is important to use these traditions with respect.  Expanding the visual range of tapestry using specific technical information from a given time, place and culture may result in innovative and exciting new work as seen in some of the tapestries in Pacific Time Zone.

For those who know and appreciate the art of tapestry weaving, it is never a question of whether the work was a worthwhile expenditure of time. Here in the 21st Century we have industrial Jacquard looms that are capable to rendering a textile in photographic accuracy. A hand woven tapestry, however, has the ability to convey the many subtle choices made by the artist one yarn at a time. The ways in which a color or texture or light reflective fiber may transform a shape or image is unique to this art form. I looked for all of these things and more as I reviewed this work.  I hope you will find these selections an interesting representation of the work being done in the Pacific Time Zone today.

The Tapestries

Deborah Corsini

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Deborah Corsini, “Disconnect,” 45 x 38 inches, 2013. Wedge weave tapestry with thin zigzag stripes, wool, silk weft dyed with natural dyes, cotton warp.

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Deborah Corsini, “Disconnect,” detail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marion Cragg

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Marion Cragg, “Pacific Time,” 26 x 24 inches, 2016.


Marion Cragg, "Pacific Time," detail.

Marion Cragg, “Pacific Time,” detail.

 

Sharon Crary

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Sharon Crary, “Rainbow Pie,” 16 x 13 inches, 2015. Cotton warp, wool weft.

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Sharon Crary, “Rainbow Pie,” detail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vladimira Fillion-Wackenreuther

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Vladimira Fillion-Wackenreuther, “Chief of Seattle,” 35 x 35 inches, 2013 . Warp: Linen, Weft: Hand dyed wool and silk

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Vladimira Fillion-Wackenreuther, “Chief of Seattle,” detail.

 

 

Alex Friedman

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Alex Friedman, “Here Today,” 72 x 54 inches, 2013. Wool, cotton, space dyed yarns.

 

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Alex Friedman, “Here Today,” detail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Alex Friedman, “Strata, Strata ,” 9.5 x 10 inches. Tapestry, cotton, wool.

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Alex Friedman, “Strata, Strata ,” detail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joyce Hayes

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Joyce Hayes, “Etude 6,” 5.75 x 6.5 inches (framed 11.75 x 12.25 inches). Handwoven tapestry with Soumak, 20 epi, linen warp, silk weft using natural dyes, rayon for sumac, mounted on painted watercolor paper.

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Joyce Hayes, “Etude 6,” detail

 

 

 

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Joyce Hayes, “Etude 7 – The Uprising,” 5 x 13.75 inches (mounted 10″ x 19″). Tapestry with Soumak, 20 epi, linen warp, silk weft using natural dyes, rayon for sumac, mounted on brushed steel. 2016

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Joyce Hayes, “Etude 7 – The Uprising,” detail.

 

Barbara Heller

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Barbara Heller, “Guardian,” detail.

 

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Barbara Heller, “Guardian,” 50 x 70 inches, 2014/15. Handwoven tapestry, linen warp, wool wefts, hand-dyed hand spun and commercial yarns.

 

Barbara Hitzemann

Barbara Hitzemann, "Queen Anne’s Lace," detail.

Barbara Hitzemann, “Queen Anne’s Lace,” detail.

Barbara Hitzemann, "Queen Anne’s Lace," 12.5 x 14 inches, 2015, Wool, rayon and beads.

Barbara Hitzemann, “Queen Anne’s Lace,” 12.5 x 14 inches, 2015, Wool, rayon and beads.

 

 

 

Laura Kamian McDermott

 

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Laura Kamian McDermott, “The Mystery Keyscape, Yellow,” 15″ x 11″, 2015, Hand dyed wool weft, cotton warp

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Laura Kamian McDermott, “The Mystery Keyscape, Yellow,” 15″ x 11″, 2015, Hand dyed wool weft, cotton warp.

 

 

 

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Laura Kamian McDermott,”Mystery Keyscape, Turquoise,” detail.

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Laura Kamian McDermott,”Mystery Keyscape, Turquoise,” 10.5 x 13 inches, 2013. Hand dyed wool weft, cotton warp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patti Kirch

Patti Kirch, "Schweitzer Mountain Sunrise," 16.5 x 45.5 inches, 2015. Wool and cotton weft, seine twine warp.

Patti Kirch, “Schweitzer Mountain Sunrise,” 16.5 x 45.5 inches, 2015. Wool and cotton weft, seine twine warp.

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Patti Kirch, “Schweitzer Mountain Sunrise,” detail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mary Lane

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Mary Lane, “Untitled #141,” 60 x 30 inches, 2016. Handwoven tapestry, cotton warp, wool, linen and cotton weft.

Mary Lane, "Untitled #141," detail.

Mary Lane, “Untitled #141,” detail.

 

 

Jean Pierre Larochette and Rodrigo Sosa

Jean Pierre Larochette and Rodrigo Sosa, “The Border – La Frontera,” 35 x 15 x 1 inches, 2015. . Wool, silk, cotton, metal thread, barbed wire on cotton warp. Collaborative Tapestry. Jean Pierre – upper piece. Rodrigo – lower piece.

Jean Pierre Larochette and Rodrigo Sosa, “The Border – La Frontera,” detail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yael Lurie (Designer) and Luis Lazo (Weaver)

Yael Lurie (Designer) and Luis Lazo (Weaver), “Referente Huipil #10,” detail.

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Yael Lurie (Designer) and Luis Lazo (Weaver), “Referente Huipil #10,” 17 x15 x1 inches, 2015. Coyuchi cotton, wool and metal thread on cotton warp. Collaborative tapestry

 

 

Margo Macdonald

Margo Macdonald, "Cottonwood Canal," 29 x 36 inches, 2016. Handwoven tapestry,wool and cotton.

Margo Macdonald, “Cottonwood Canal,” 29 x 36 inches, 2016. Handwoven tapestry,wWool and cotton.

 

Phoebe McAfee

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Phoebe McAfee, “Golden Palm,” 11 x 8.5 inches, 2015. Aubusson tapestry, cotton warp, wool weft. Cotton warp, wool weft

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Phoebe McAfee, “Golden Palm,” detail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sonja Miremont

Sonja Miremont, “Floating Feathers,” 9 x 7 x 2 inches, 2013. Shaped tapestry, cotton warp, wool and mohair weft.

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Sonja Miremont, “Floating Feathers,” detail.

 

 

 

 

 

Audrey Moore

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Audrey Moore, “Homage to Frida,” 32 x 32 inches, 215. Handwoven tapestry. Wool weft, wool warp, abalone shell buttons.

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Inge Norgaard

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Inge Norgaard, “Net Triptych,” 10 x 49 inches, 2014. Tapestry, wool on cotton, mounted on stretcher bars.

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Inge Norgaard, “Net Triptych,” detail.

 

 

 

 

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Inge Norgaard, “Silo Triptych,” 10.5 x 47 inches, 2016. Tapestry, wool on cotton, mounted on stretcher bars.

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Inge Norgaard, “Silo Triptych,” detail.

 

 

Natalie Novak

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Natalie Novak, “The Magician (Coal Mine Mesa),” 22 x 22 inches, 2016. Handwoven tapestry on a four selvedge warp, hand spun and commercial wool; natural and aniline dyes.

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Natalie, Novak, “The Magician (Coal Mine Mesa),” detail.

 

Natalie Novak, “TV Set (I Built a Temple and Invited the World to See),” detail.

Natalie Novak, “TV Set (I Built a Temple and Invited the World to See),” 22 x 35 inches, 2016. Handwoven tapestry on a four selvedge warp, wool.

 

 

Liz Pulos

Liz Pulos, “Just Around the Corner,” 8 x 8.5 inches, 2015. Cotton.

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Liz Pulos, “Just Around the Corner,” detail.

 

Liz Pulos, “Blanket,” detail.

Liz Pulos, “Blanket,” 8 x 8.5 inches, 2016. Cotton on linen warp.

 

 

 

Christine Rivers

Christine Rivers, “Standing Together – Our Culture, Our Strength,” detail.

Christine Rivers, “Standing Together – Our Culture, Our Strength,” 16 x 12 inches, each, 2015. Cotton warp, weft – wool, metallic thread, silk.

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Rohde

 

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Michael Rohde, “Boro,” 33.5 x 31.5 inches, 2014. Hand Woven tapestry and embroidery, wool, silk, natural dyes.

Michael Rohde, "Boro," detail.

Michael Rohde, “Boro,” detail.

 

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Michael Rohde, “Shindig,” 31.5 x 32 inches, 2013. Hand Woven tapestry, wool, natural dyes.

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Michael Rohde, “Shindig,” detail.

 

Susan Skalak

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Susan Skalak, “Linden,” 20 x 18 inches, 2015. Cotton warp, wool and linen weft.

Susan Skalak, "Linden" detail.

Susan Skalak, “Linden” detail.

 

Rebecca Smith

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Rebecca Smith, “Light/Source,” detail.

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Rebecca Smith, “Light/Source,” 15 x 24 inches, 2015. Tapestry weave using eccentric weft, mixed fibers, wire, beads

 

 

Shelley Socolofsky

Shelley Socolofsky, "Color Bodies," 34" x 54," 2016, wool and linen.

Shelley Socolofsky, “Color Bodies,” 34″ x 54,” 2016, wool and linen.

 

Kathe Todd-Hooker
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Kathe Todd-Hooker, "A Life of being oh so very stuck!" 13 x 12.5 inches, 2015.Tapestry and soumak, embroidery floss and dual duty craft threads, 22 epi.

Kathe Todd-Hooker, “A Life of being oh so very stuck!” 13 x 12.5 inches, 2015.Tapestry and soumak, embroidery floss and dual duty craft threads, 22 epi.

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Kathe Todd-Hooker, “Second Coming Once Again,” 13 x 12 inches, 2016. Tapestry, embroidery floss and other fine threads, 22 epi.

 

Susan Weil

Susan Weil, "Gold Dust," 25 x 37 inches, 2015. Wool and cotton on cotton warp.

Susan Weil, “Gold Dust,” detail.

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Susan Weil, “Gold Dust,” 25 x 37 inches, 2015. Wool and cotton on cotton warp.

 

 

 

 

Ama Wertz

Ama Wertz, "Drought Glamour," 12 x 9 inches, 2015.Handwoven tapestry, silk and wool weft on cotton warp, canvas.

Ama Wertz, “Drought Glamour,” 12 x 9 inches, 2015. Handwoven tapestry, silk and wool weft on cotton warp, canvas.

Ama Wertz, "Glamour Drought," detail.

Ama Wertz, “Drought Glamour,” detail.

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