Tapestry Unlimited Blog Tour

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Social Market for a Mirrix Reunion: Janna Maria Vallee

Hello Mirrix community, it's nice to be invited back for a visit to share what I've been up to. I've been keeping very busy, so I'll just give you the highlights starting with an invitation: I am very excited to be chairing America Tapestry Alliance's 11th international, unjuried, small format tapestry exhibition, Tapestry Unlimited, which is taking place in Milwaukee next summer. If you would like to be one of the over 250 participants we are expecting this year, but for some reason think you won't qualiify be sure to email me with any and all questions that you have and I will happy to reply and encourage you to participate. New and seasoned weavers are equally welcome!  Apply here, and for questions email me here: janna (at) vancouveryarn (dot) com

Here are some updates about the things I've been making and doing this past year.


Boshko of CoOp for Better Life co-curated Bronx Tale in May. Amazingly he found my work on Instagram (!!) and invited me to participate, so I wove three pieces in addition the the circles peice you saw on this blog last year. Above and below are two of the four that were exhibited. They both have wool warp and weft, are woven at 12 epi with natural dyes and are no longer than 12" on the longest side.

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Join a Group!

Claudia was here in Seattle with me for the last couple of weeks and last week we had the pleasure of getting coffee with Mary Lane of The American Tapestry Alliance. After, we all stopped by the monthly tapestry group meeting of the Seattle Weavers' Guild.

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Convergence Reflections

Last week was a wonderful whirlwind of meeting people, selling looms and soaking in the merriment that is HGA's Convergence.

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The American Tapestry Alliance. Social Market for a Mirrix 2014 Share Sponsor

A little about the ATA and its mission statement:

The American Tapestry Alliance (ATA) is engaged in a wide range of educational, exhibition, outreach and promotional programs. Our programs serve the goals of our Mission Statement:

-to promote an awareness of and appreciation for woven tapestries designed and woven by individual artists
-to encourage and recognize superior quality tapestries
-to encourage educational opportunities in the field of tapestry
-to sponsor exhibitions of tapestries
-to establish a network for tapestry weavers throughout the world
-to educate the public about the history and techniques involved in tapestry making

"North Coast Reflections" by Christine Rivers

The American Tapestry Alliance grew out of a friendship between two tapestry weavers, Hal Painter and Jim Brown, who had a common desire to promote and establish tapestry during a time when the art form was experiencing a revival. From their auspicious first meeting at Hal’s studio in 1968 where Jim was suddenly transformed from a potter to a weaver, to the 30,000 miles they travelled through the United States and Mexico to teach tapestry, to their eventual creation of an alliance in 1982 that would unite American tapestry weavers, Hal and Jim broke the ground that current ATA leaders and members gratefully still.

"Where have you been living since we last met?—Here and there" by Anna Olsson

Is the ATA the right organization for a beginner tapestry weaver to join?

Yes! We encourage all interested in tapestry, beginners to professional weavers, educators, museums and art galleries.

"Tempos Heterogeneos 2" by Elke Otte Hulse

What are the benefits of joining ATA?

ATA offers its members: exhibition opportunities, educational retreats and workshops, e-news, e-kudos, long distance learning and helping hands programs, an on-line quarterly newsletter called Tapestry Topics, an extensive awards program including scholarships and an international student award and an extensive website.

"Imprimus" by Jane Kidd

What campaigns or programs do you have going on right now?

ATA's annual fundraiser, this year a Raffle consisting of a tapestry woven by Jane Kidd (shown above), as well as many other prizes. Enter here!

American Tapestry Biennial 10 opens at Visions Art Center, San Diego, CA May 2 – July 20, 2014. Learn more here.

UNTITLED/UNJURIED: Small format tapestry 2014 opens at University of Rhode Island Feinstein Providence Campus Gallery, July 8 – August 8, 2014.

Call for entry for Small Tapestry International 4: Honoring Tradition, Inspiring Innovation.


Learn more about the ATA (and join!) on their website:






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