I grew up in South Eastern Sweden where the rich history and tradition of textile art became part of my consciousness at a very early stage of my life. I am drawn to weaving by its very complexity as an art form and by the fascination of the gradual transition of my water color design, over many months of patient and totally absorbing effort, into a large-scale tapestry which expresses aesthetically the full intensity of my inspiration.
For me, watercolor is the gateway to tapestry and as the design evolves, I am also thinking about the transition to the tapestry medium, the range of yarn colors and tones that will be needed and the intensification of colors that occurs when the image is transposed to the much larger surface of the tapestry. By blending multiple threads of varying thickness and color tones, I am able to faithfully render the subtle changes in tones and intensities of the watercolor.
Contemporary Tapestry Weaving is located in the historic, picturesque community of Norris in East Tennessee where the mountains meet the water.
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Portrait photography by Tony Lewis, Jr. firstname.lastname@example.org