Single and Doubled Warps in Tapestry
June 2 - 7, 2024
Jennifer Sargent · jennifersargent.weebly.com
Workshop at a glance
Students will start by exploring one specific tapestry technique, and then expand their creative choices.
- Two warpings
- Open warps
- Weft color mixing
- Various cottons
- Mercerised, unmercerised and floss
- Woven samples
- Ideas for larger projects
Jennifer Sargent is an artist based in Memphis, TN. She has an MFA from Arizona State University and a BA from Hornsey College of Art, England. Her art making concentrates on handwoven tapestries and drawings with a seasonal collection of handwoven and pieced vintage fabric scarves. Her work has been featured on the cover of Handwoven and recent exhibitions at the Appalachian Center for Craft, Smithville, the Folk Art Center, Asheville, The University of Tennessee, Martin, Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, and Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis. She was recently invited to teach a tapestry workshop in Knoxville for the American Tapestry Alliance and her numerous awards include a Residency at Crosstown Arts, Memphis, Tennessee Craft’s Master Artist for their 2022 Master Artist Apprentice Program, Inductee into The Costume & Textile Institute at the Tennessee State Museum and recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Tennessee Arts Commission.
By altering the density of the warp within a tapestry, numerous compositional possibilities become available. These include smooth areas with fine detail and, conversely, coarser areas that stand out from the ground, the combination of the two create a subtle play of shadows across the tapestry’s surface. Open warps provide another series of textures which can allow light to pass over or through areas within the tapestry to produce other spatial effects. In this workshop, students will consider how color choices and the ways that specific techniques, covered warps, partially covered warps, open warps and differing setts can be used in the service of a design, and the idea behind the design.
COURSE FEE: $690
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