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.

Weaving

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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The Tapestry Weavings of the Incas

To presume I can impart the Inca history of tapestry weaving in a blog post is of course absurd. I won't pretend I can even chip away at the surface, but I will try to extract the salient points to give you a sense of what tapestry meant to this huge and ancient culture.

Collection of Bryn Mawr College: Tapestry Tunic Fragment with step zig zag pattern, ca 1476 - ca. 1534
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