Sunday, October 3, 2010

Tapestry workshop with Gina Hedegård Nielsen

Vesterskov Væveskole in Sorø. I went for a two day tapestry weaving workshop at this school recently, well about ten days ago to be exact.
I had been to this school before, not to take a class, but had gone for a visit and walk about, perhaps seven years ago.


This wondrous private weaving school is only reachable by car. This could be a problem if it wasn't for the dedication of the people involved. When Hanne and her husband knows that you are coming by train they ask that you let them know what time you arrive at the station and ..... Benny comes down to pickup the weaving enthusiasts by car. Chatting away he took me out on the peaceful country roads, around the bend once or twice until we were at their home and place of creativity.
Hanne and Benny are beginning to slow down a bit, he is after all eighty now and Hanne is in her mid seventies I believe. She is the weaver and Benny is the handyman, loom doc and an extra set of hands when a warp needs more than Hanne's hands to be wound on.


Once upon a time they had a few sheep, and when they were done with the sheep the barn was turned into a weaving studio. At the present time there are 16 looms in the studio, all were at some stage of setup - there are two classes of eight students running at this fall. There is also Hanne's own loom, that is loom number 17 upon which she is finishing up weaving an order for a church somewhere in DK, the specifics eludes me, all I know is that her work is merticulous and beautiful. http://www.vaevestue.dk/galleri.html



And this is the tapestry weaving class I attended for two days. The theme was how to get more depth in a piece of tapestry weaving, i.e in a landscape, decisions on whether one wants to use colour only or also textures to make the piece work and have the right 'ping' and appeal to the eye. The class was taught by Gina Hedegaard Nielsen (by the black board)


The students had taken courses from Gina before and they all had brought cartoons or photos along which they wanted input/help to make the final decisions about, concerning lighting, texture colours, points which are tremendously important.


Annette's very first sampler above on topnof the warp and below at the beginning of the warp the 'improved' piece underway.


My sampler, trying out Russian weaving(grey and yellow) blending and changing colour by more or less twist added to a butterfly with black and white yarn.
Trying out Helena Hernmark techniques (orange and green) and different sumacs and floats according to an interesting Danish Tapestry weaver Grethe Balle. I can see lots of fun happening with figuring out how to applying some of these textures to a larger, beckoning surface, tapestry loom here I come.





And here we are the seven students and the grand teacher Gina after our last lesson, all packed up and on the way home.


Gina and Hanne in front of the studio door, I thought the pattern on the door completely appropriate, bird's eye pattern in wood :-)
Thank you Gina for an inspiring workshop and thank you Hanne for opening your studio doors and sharing your space, knowledge and enthusiasm.

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