Tapestry Weaving Complex Shapes. May 2018

This specialised workshop was run by Matty Smith (from Oxfordshire) and explored ways to create fine details within your tapestry.

Matty introduced the workshop by looking at some detailed faces within both famous paintings such as the Mona Lisa and collections of tapestries.

This is a part of her two-part tapestry - the eye and the mouth of Nedā Āghā-Soltān, the Iranian pro-democracy student who was killed by a single bullet whilst she observed a demonstration in Tehran in 2009.

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For this workshop she suggested isolating one part of a photographic image to sample.

Jane Stevens (from East Anglia) chose to concentrate on the eye.

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Matty demonstrated how changing the image to a gray scale makes it easier to create a cartoon to work from.

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Alison Daykin ( Derbyshire Dales) posted a cartoon created from her photograph using photoshop.

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Sally Reckert created a sketch from her photograph and then created a cartoon indicating light areas, dark outline, shaded/blending and hachure.

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Before the tapestry samples was started both Matty and Sally wove some colour and yarn samples.
The cartoons were attached behind the tapestry loom as a guide and sampling began.

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Matty’s tapestry in progress.

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Sally’s tapestry in progress.

The finished samples were then studied and evaluated.

Showing over 2 under 1 tabby (left) against plain weave (right).

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