Textile Arts Council Saturday Lecture: Tapestry Weaving - A Universe beyond the everyday.
On the loom: Floating Fossil Tapestry. Image courtesy of Valerie Kirk.
This virtual event will be presented via Zoom.
In a world of increasingly careless, throwaway culture, tapestry endures and has a new place, deep in our hearts. Award-winning artist Valerie Kirk presents her experience of a life as a tapestry weaver.
French painter and tapestry designer, Jean Lurçat led a 20th Century revival in tapestry and he stated: “Well, it is . . . a coarse, vigorous organic fabric . . . It is heavy with matter and heavy with meaning. But it is more, it is heavy with intentions. It is this which secures its magnificence ……” Tapestry demands full commitment from the design development through every pass of weft over warp, to the finished work. From this there is a density that comes from focused attention to detail in the weaving, making an object that embodies all that the artist weaver transfers into the work – their skills, ideas, sensibilities, aesthetic, thoughts and ideas.
Valerie Kirk completed a degree and post graduate studies in art, design and woven tapestry at Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland. As a graduate she travelled to Australia to produce commissioned tapestries. She then worked for the Crafts Council of Australia travelling the country to teach in Indigenous communities and others as an artist-in-residence, leading community tapestry projects. From 1990-2017 she was a Senior Lecturer and Head of Textiles at the Australian National University. Her awards include the Australia Council New Work grant, ACT Creative Arts Fellowship, Muse Arts Woman of the Year Award. Her artwork can be seen in collections nationally and internationally.
$5 FAMSF members and Students, $10 General Public
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