Tuesday, April 24, 2012


Close-up of Inquistion Revisited, one of a pair of weavings.
My own interpretation of Kieth Haring and Judy Cicago as inspiration.
Weavings based on drawings from my 1998 sketch book

Official opening of this is tomorrow @ 11am. If you are going to the Creative Fibre Festival in Blenheim, or you or someone you know  lives there, grab the opportunity to veiw four different artists creating contemporary design tapestries. Patricia Amour, Elizabeth Arnold, and Marilyn Rea-Menzies are the other members of the NZ Proffessional Weavers Network that are showing their work in this show. We are all producing very different work, and it is a great opportunity for tapestry weavers to see where those of us that have been weaving tapestry technique for a while are going with it.

While this exhibition is on I will be giving a lecture entitled Expanding Your Creative Responses at the NZ Creative Fibre National Exhibition on Saturday at 1.15pm.


  1. Tapestries are the whole reason I took up weaving and it is what I've failed to do so far. I think I need a class to get me going, despite the excellent book I have for beginners. And time. I need more hours in a day. Your piece is beautiful and I really love the piece on the sidebar for the 202 Traveling Suitcase Exhibition.

  2. Interesting choices of artists -- Haring and Chicago! good luck with the Professional Weavers' exhibit, and thank you for posting the detail.

  3. Thanks for the comments from the two of you, they really do encourage me out here in my own little weaving world.

    The weaving Inquisition Revisited was on show (for the 3rd time since weaving them in 1999) in the joint exhibition I just had in Blenheim. One of a pair, these two weavings remain 2 of my favourite pieces.
    The year I drew these designs little ole' NZ had an exhibition of Keith Haring's work in Wellington. Around the same time Judy Chicago gave a series of lectures at the Auckland University and although I attended neither, their visits and my interest in it obviously had a profound effect on me as an artist. At the same time, international fashion model and women's rights advocate Waris Dirie, made her personal story known to the world.
    These tapestries are my simple response to the sensory and emotional overload of the time.
    Tapestries lend themselves to passing some sort of social comment in the work if one feels so inclined to do so. These two works are obviously screaming out something to the viewer, and even if the message is not clear, they demand a voice.


Tapestry Weavings By Stephenie Collin


I hope you find Warped Art & Design both interesting and inspiring, and that it will encourage anyone working with fibre to investigate and experiment further within their chosen field.

The basic loom, which is my tool of trade, has remained technologically unchanged. This aspect appeals to me as I weave contemporary images on a machine of such simple and ancient construction.

And if the loom be silenced,
then needles, threads and fingers
have plenty more to say.

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