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 Weaving of the Coptics

Looking at fragments of tapestries online is frustrating at best. Any one who loves fibers knows that there is nothing like seeing fiberart (whatever that entails) in person. Being able to touch it is even better. And being able to see the back, invaluable. Because I cannot see the many Coptic textile fragments in person (and there are many that have survived even from the very beginnings of the Coptic culture, way back in the first century A.D.) it took me qute some time to unravel the first mystery: why did it seem like so many of the tapestry fragments were attached to a linen even weave background? I would like to say I solved this mystery on my own, but in fact I found the answer in a textile text book. I have discovered that some times the most comrehensive explanations for the orgin and structure of textiles comes from text books. They talk about all the geeky details from whether the yarns are S or Z spun, how many plies, what kind of weave, etc. Answers that are not commonly found in history books.

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Crowdsourced Yarn List

I was born a yarn snob. It's inevitable when your mom is a tapestry weaver. When you're putting as much time, love and energy into something as you do when you weave, you want to use the best materials you can. But let's face it, when you're just beginning with tapestry, figuring out what to use for weft can be difficult and confusing.

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