Elaine Duncan

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Pacific Portals: Mexico

by on May.29, 2012, under Blog Posts

Pacific Portals: Mexico


Last fall I wove a small format tapestry for entry into the American Tapestry Alliance unjuried small format tapestry exhibition to be shown at the Long Beach Public Library in conjunction with HGA’s Convergence 2012.  The requirements were that the piece not exceed 10″ by 10″.  Our local Tapis group decided to participate in a group entry.  Almost everyone participated.  First though, we needed a theme for our group.  We decided to play on the word Pacific in the title and use it to include the countries that border the Pacific Ocean.  Each person chose a country they had an affiliation to.  It could be they had lived there, visited there, had friends or family there.  There were two rules:  each person had to use in their piece colour#826 in DMC cotton embroidery floss (this could be a small amount used or very little used) and also they had to weave the Pacific Ocean coastline in the appropriate place on their tapestry.  For example, in my piece dealing with Mexico, the water would be on the left side as viewed on a map or globe.  Someone choosing Japan, the ocean would be woven on the right side.  We had one member, Audrie Sands, choose Hawaii…so the ocean is on all four sides.  This was a wonderful group experience and we are looking forward to seeing all the tapestries in one place as that had not happened yet.  A catalogue is also available for purchase through ATA:  www.americantapestryalliance.org.


My piece represents Mexico, my “other” home, with the ruins and pyramids for historical interests, the textiles for their art and culture, and of course, the ocean for their beaches.  I experimented with this piece, weaving the main body from the bottom up, while the ocean was woven separately in the other direction and then attached the two shaped pieces.  I think it worked!

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STI 2: Passages : Opening at the Handforth Gallery, Tacoma, WA

by on Jun.13, 2011, under Blog Posts

Elaine Duncan: Kelp on sand

Overall view of STI 2: Passages at the Handforth Gallery, Tacoma, WA


A friend, Christine Rivers, and I travelled to Tacoma, WA for the opening of the Small Tapestry International 2:  Passages exhibition sponsored by the American Tapestry Alliance on Saturday, June 4, 2011.  Featured speaker, Jean Pierre Larochette, spoke on “Reflections on Small Format Tapestries”.  To quote from the handout at the talks:  “One of my favorite American Painters, Seattle’s Mark Tobey, once said “I want vision in my work if I am to continue.  I want to look at pictures that not only arrest me, I want to look at pictures that detain me.”  Also from Jean Pierre:  “The first time I was irrevocably detinaed by the power of small format tapestry it was inCairo, Egypt, over thirty years ago.  I have been captured by the magic ever since.  In a nut shell this is the account of my experiences while trying to express the “universe” in a grain of sand—read a minimal, small weaving…–and of some of the people, such as my friend Gabriel Canales, who found that it is even possible to build a loom out of wooden matches, and weave about his life on it.”     A short break was followed by nine tapestry artists giving short talks about their work:  Cecilia Blomberg, Joyce Hayes, Barbara Heller, Ruth Jones, Audrey Moore, Terry Olson, Pam Patrie, Elisabeth Quick and myself.
The exhibition was displayed well in more intimate surroundings than Weaving Southwest, Taos, the previous venue.  Pieces were hung on the walls as well as displayed in individual plexiglas boxes on stands.  The viewers were drawn into each piece making connections.  I particularly liked the different approaches to framing in this exhibition.  I think the juror, Kay Lawrence, chose well, making an interesting and cohesive show, but still allowing for a wide variety of approaches.
After the opening at the Handforth Gallery, many of the viewers continued on the Brick Gallery only a couple of blocks away.  Here the members of TAPS (Tapestry Artists of Puget Sound) also had an exhibition, titled:  Warped, Beaten and Hung.  Many of the pieces in this show were much larger in scale than the small format show, making a great contrast between the two exhibitions.

Christine Rivers

Lany Eila: "How To Get Here"

Dorothy Clews: Fallow Fields Turning Inward

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ATA — Blog Tech

by on Jul.25, 2009, under Blog Posts

Blog Tech


Are you curious about what drives artists to blog? Are you considering starting your own blog? The American Tapestry Alliance’s latest edition of the Educational Article series offers technical and inspirational insights into artists’ blogs. It is hosted on the ATA website at: http://www.americantapestryalliance.org/Education/Ed_Ar/BlogTech/BTLaneIntro.html


I just received an email from Mary Lane that the Blog Tech article that I, Jan Austin, Debbie Herd, Lyn Hart, Tommye Scanlin and Kathe Todd-Hooker participating in writing is alive on the website.  I hope you enjoy the articles where these tapestry weavers talk about writing blogs and show photos of their work inspire you!

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Opening of Connections: Small Format International San Jose

by on Jun.02, 2009, under Blog Posts

L-R Nancy Trissel, Elaine Duncan, Sonja Miremont, Jean Pierre Larochette, Yael Lurie and Christine Rivers

L-R Nancy Trissel, Elaine Duncan, Sonja Miremont, Jean Pierre Larochette, Yael Lurie and Christine Rivers

On May 10, 2009 I attended the opening of Connections:  Small Format International in San Jose, CA at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles.  Christine Rivers and I flew down and stayed with our good friends and teachers, Yael Lurie and Jean Pierre Larochette in Berkeley.  This  is the first juried biennial small format exhibition sponsored by the American Tapestry Alliance where 48 pieces were selected from over 189 submitted by 98 tapestry artists from Canada, United States and seven other countries.  Jane Sauer from Santa Fe, New Mexico was the juror.  A catalog is available from the ATA website:  www.americantapestryalliance.org .  Twelve of the tapestry artists were able to attend the opening.  Mary Lane, representing ATA, welcomed the guests and introduced the artists.  Five artists gave short talks about their work.  It was a wonderful afternoon of renewing old acquaintances and making new ones.  The catalog is a great record of these extraordinary tapestries, but seeing the pieces in person is much better.

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