This episode our guest is Claudia Chase, the founder and owner of Mirrix Looms. We talk about tapestry and bead weaving, and her journey with Mirrix. We also discuss politics, what it’s like to hear color, and other fascinating topics. After the interview, Claudia features in a special holiday-themed outtake.
This episode, Anna Zinsmeister brings us another great interview! This time with Michael Rohde, a wonderful rug-weaver and tapestry artist. He tells wonderful stories from his weaving life.
Audio recording and production
Tapestry weaving breaks weaving out of the grid and enables the artist to create pictorial representations in swaths of touchable color. Sarah Swett helps us get our arms around this simple-yet-complex art form, and shares many of her secrets of success. In the final essay, I share lessons I’ve learned from my attempts to learn tapestry.
- Sarah Swett’s website
- Kids Weaving: Projects for Kids of All Ages by Sarah Swett
- The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards
- Archie Brennan tapestry loom plans
- Video interview of tapestry artist Barbara Heller
- Tapestry Weaving by Kirsten Glasbrook
- Tapestry Weaving: A Comprehensive Study Guide by Nancy Harvey
- Tapestry Handbook: The Next Generationby Carol K. Russell
“Shapeshifter” by Man Bites God
Discuss tapestries and symbolism with Mary Zicafoose, whose powerful, graphical tapestries have been displayed all over the world, hear an audio essay about warping a Navajo loom from talented Texas weaver Marni Harang, and finally, contemplate handweaving community.
- Mary Zicafoose –Textile Artist, Ikat and Slit Tapestry Weaver
- Olympia Weavers Guild
- Seattle Weavers’ Guild
- Red Tent Bellydance (Airmid’s dance troupe)
- “Wake the Dragon,” Dragon Ritual Drummers
- “Brrds and Bugs,” Lunar Drive, Here at Black Mesa
- “You Gotta Know Who You’re Friends Are,” Blue Number Nine, On a Shoestring
- “Along the Navajo Trail,” Straw Into Gold, Many Moons