Off-Loom weaving #5-Wendy Carpenter-the clearing-2015
Weaving a mural! Some weaving experience is necessary for this collaborative mural project.
The composition will depict Jen Jenson’s “absolute” for a piece of property that would best suit his vision for the clearing, “a water view from a high point.” The landscape tapestry will be hand woven on 1’square steel frames and linked together to compose a landscape mural.
Students will search for the perfect landscape view, draw the composition on paper, create a yarn color palette and then weave a tapestry square. The finished mural, up to eight frames, will be donated to the clearing. Off –loom students will be installing the mural and noted for their art work donation. The Clearing will provide the material needed for the project.
Small needle nose pliers and wire cutter
Large eye tapestry needles
Crochet hook, med.
Wendy Carpenter’s woven wall sculpture and large wall hangings reveal her personal expressionism style derived from nature and culture, expressed in form, color and tactile fiber materials. She works in a mix textile medium, incorporates found-objects and weaves on custom designed iron frames.
Wendy use of cultural icons and primitive forms delineates the content through a fiber medium that transmits its meaning to the observer. It is a long path from the concept starting in the mind, passing through the fingers, that in turn manipulates the fibers into a final sculptural form!
Wendy studied fine art at the Evergreen State College, Rio-Grande tapestry weaving in Taos, NM and received her Bachelors of Art degree at the University of Wisconsin. She is a recipient of a Wisconsin art grant and has University teaching experience. She exhibits her art work internationally and at her gallery (Interfibers Studio Gallery) established in 1981, Fish Creek WI, Door County.
Off-loom weaving #4, art class with Wendy Carpenter at the Clearing in Ellison Bay, WI REGISTRATION: www.theclearing.org
Off-loom weaving #4 will include papermaking and weaving! Students will learn how make paper pulp, pull wet paper with screens and then mold the paper into vessel form to create lamp shades! Wooden lamp bases will be available to purchase in class. Students will also experiment with making small tubes with fabric and paper to weave various forms.
Paper strips can also be made to layer weave on 1’square frames. Students will focus on frame weaving with paper or/and paper making for lamp forms. Wendy Carpenter will provide finished art work for examples and all materials may be purchased in class. Her mixed-media and paper art work can be viewed at www.interfibers.com .
Supply list: drawing pad, scissors, measuring tape, crochet hook & large eye needles, large sponge, apron to protect clothing and Playtex gloves.