“Painting With Yarn”
In this workshop students will learn to weave with soumak knots to create a tapestry that has painterly qualities. Inherent in soumak is the ability to weave in an eccentric way allowing one to break away from the ridged 90 degree orientation of warp to weft. By weaving eccentrically we create hills and valleys as we weave down the length of the warp. Tapestry woven in this way has a free flowing and spontaneous quality which gives the finished work a fresh and gestural look. Variations in the technique will be explored as the weaving progresses.
Tapestry Weaver & Workshop Instructor
David produces pictorial tapestry, representational work, as well as pattern oriented work as demonstrated in his Echo Series of tapestry woven carpets. Pictorial works often address social, political, and spiritual themes. David says he views his art as a form of visual communication carrying a message in a way that transcends language. The Echo Series pieces are purely about form and design. These works are intended to function as art on walls or as floor coverings.
As a workshop instructor, David has taught workshops in tapestry weaving throughout the United States. Recent teaching includes workshops at the Denver Art Museum, “BreckCreate” in Breckenridge, Colorado and the Intermountain Weavers Conference in Durango, Colorado. Exhibitions include Gender Bend: Women In Wood, Men At The Loom at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts. For more information on David Johnson go to his website: www.arachneweaving.com
The November Workshop with David Johnson is currently filled to capacity and is organized through the Sedona Arts Center. For more information or to be added to the waiting list go to this link: https://sedonaartscenter.org/people/david-johnson/