TAPESTRIES: THE NARRATIVE OF OUR TIMES?
A one-day conference held on September 29th 2017 at the Holburne Museum . It was attended by 89 delegates who heard presentations from 4 of the exhibiting artists (in order of presentation):
Barbara Heller (Canada)
Title: Tapestry and Politics - the Story from Then and Now
Abstract: In her tapestries Barbara Heller addresses the concerns of our planet today – environmental degradation, population displacement, power and politics, and the plight of the individual trying to make sense of all this. Her presentation will draw from historical tapestries, her own work and that of other Canadians to demonstrate that contemporary tapestry belongs to a long tradition of narrative art.
Pat Taylor (UK)
Title: Crafting Stories: However we tell stories, they are as real a part of us as the experiencing, fleeting self
Abstract: Pat Taylor will talk about the importance of narrative in woven tapestry with particular reference to her own recent work. She will also look both East and West, making connections, setting a prismic view of tapestry weaving.
Yasuko Fujino (Japan)
Title: Each story- Tapestries in Japan
Abstract: Yasuko Fujino's presentation has three strands: the shared narrative of pattern and motifs in traditional textiles in Japan; her own work - the narrative of memory within her work and the narrative that emerges as she is making the work; the interest in creating contemporary tapestry in Japan.
Valerie Kirk (Australia)
Title: Past, in the Present and the Future
Abstract: Valerie Kirk will discuss how tapestry presents our stories, leaving a legacy for future generations. She will look at how the history of people, for example early Peruvian culture, can be read through the tapestries that remain, and that artists today are still committed to producing images to be woven in workshops that demonstrate their views on our contemporary world.