Sunday, March 9, 2014

Work In Progress

I have just begun working part-time again. As I don't have a rich husband, or wife either for that matter, I sometimes have to do this, not only in order to pay the bills, but more importantly, to keep my studio space going. 

This part-time work is not in the least bit art related, but it does have some relevance to my on-going long term goal and commitment to one day be able to use my weaving skills and looms to help a community group out there to have a voice, communal focus or small income sometime in the future. Weaving is a wonderful medium for bringing people together on all sorts of levels and has such a diverse heritage for so many different peoples and cultures.

I was recently advised that if I was wanting to get more sales of my tapestries, maybe  I should focus more on producing less provocative or political pieces, drop a bit of the edge to the work so to speak. 

My new series of works are no larger than 30x30cm. I better not give up the part-time work though, not with all these off-shore drilling permits and mining rights going on at the mo.


  1. First of all, all my nonart work has been to support myself, and not to distract from my art, so I think you're on the right path there. And second, what would be the point of making art that sells if it's not the point of the art you make? I support your political edgy approach. It's right, and it's you. And if you want to make money, don't rely on your tapestries. Sales are a wonderful servant, and a terrible master! iow, yay you! What's most important in your art is what you need to preserve and develop. I sound very dogmatic, but really I'm just passionately in your corner on this!

  2. Hi Stephenie. Don't change your art approach! Your political, edgy and moody tapestries are what makes you as an artist, and they are what attracted me to your art works in the first place.They're different and unique.


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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I am an artist, weaver, gardener, mother and grandmother, home food gatherer, political sceptic, modest future eater, and much much more.