Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Living Tapestry Workbook

We are very pleased and proud to announce that The Living Tapestry Workbook is now in its third printing and we have just received the shipment of new books. There are more colour pages in this printing and it will continue to be an excellent and inspiring book for beginning tapestry students, with clear, simple and easy-to-follow instructions.

Please go to our website http://moonrain.ca/TapestryWorkBook.html to find more information about The Living Tapestry Workbook.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Pictures from 14th Triennale Exhibition the Central Museum of Textiles

Thoma is standing outside the entrance to Waivel Castle in Cracow on May 5th. Thoma and Krystyna visited Waivel Castel and saw tapestries in the Story of Noah series, part of the famous 16th century tapestry collection belonging to King Sigismund Auguste of Poland.

After the vernissage, Thoma and Helga Berry quietly look at the works in the 14th Triennale Exhibition the Central Museum of Textiles, Lodz, May 6, 2013.

A beautiful tapestry by Polish tapestry artist Wlodzimierz Cygan
At the May 6th vernissage at the Central Museum of Textiles in Lodz, on the left is Professor Ewa Latkowska-Zychska, of the Textile and Fashion Faculty of the Strzeminski Academy of Art in Lodz,  a member of the jury of the 14th Lodz Triennial, in the centre is Thoma Ewen,  Artistic Director of Moon Rain Centre, and on the right is Carol Russell, the author of the well-loved books, “The Tapestry Handbook”, and more recently, “The Tapestry Handbook: The Next Generation”.  Carol is writing an article on the Triennale in Lodz for Fibre Arts Now Magazine,  and also researching her newest book on contemporary fibre art. Thoma’s tapestry “Offering at Spider Rock” is included in Carol’s “The Tapestry Handbook: The Next Generation”.
Photos by Krystyna Sadej

Sunday, May 19, 2013

14th Lodz Triennale in the Central Museum of Textiles

Helga Berry, Monique Lehman, Thoma Ewen
Photo Krystyna Sadej

This picture is from the14th Lodz Triennale in the Central Museum of Textiles
Helga Berry, from Anchorage Alaska is on the left, Monique Lehman from California is in the middle and Thoma Ewen on the right.
Helga Berry was the founder and director of The International Tapestry Network called ITNET. She published an amazing journal, issues of which Thoma still has 30 years later.
This was the first time Thoma met Helga in person, though her activities were inspiring for many years.  Helga brought the international tapestry world together in the 80’s, before the American Tapestry Alliance and the Canadian Tapestry Network were formed.”
This was also the first time Thoma met Monique Lehman in person, although their works have been exhibited in WOVEN BRIDGES exhibitions in the City of Ottawa art galleries and in Almonte at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum. What a delight to travel and work with this very talented, deeply intelligent and capable artist, truly a contemporary international figure in textile art, who is at home anywhere in the world.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

WOVEN BRIDGES vernissage/finnisage on May 9, 2013

Below are some images from the vernissage/finnisage for WOVEN BRIDGES

Joanna Jarecka, Curator of Muzeum Tkactwa, and  WOVEN BRIDGES artists Krystyna Sadej (Canada/Poland), Thomas Cronenberg (UK), Thoma Ewen (Canada), Monique Lehman (USA/Poland), and Ewa Bartosz Mazus (Poland)
Thomas Cronenberg, Krystyna Sadej, Director of Muzeum Tkactwa in Kamienna Gora, Barbara Stadnik, and Thoma Ewen, with Thoma’s tapestries in the background.
Photos by L.Janiak

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Pictures from Poland

Poland was wonderful. Our Woven Bridges exhibition was part of the official Lodz Triennial catalogue.
The hospitality, warmth, graciousness, appreciation and care of the Polish people is amazing.
They love weaving and the fibre arts- I have never experienced anything like this before.
The Kamienna Gora Muzeum was so appreciative and welcoming.
Everywhere we went people were so welcoming – everyone wanted to feed us – like grandmothers.
It was just so full of love and warmth.
Moon Rain would like to express deep appreciation and thanks to Krystyna Sadej for her work in organizing this Woven Bridges exhibition.
The pictures below are of textile artists Thoma Ewen, Krystyna Sadej and Zofia Werblicka visiting Wroclow, Poland after the 14th Lodz Triennale

Thoma and Krystyna

Thoma and Krystyna
Thoma, Krystyna and Zofia

Photos by Zofia Werblicka

Sky Streams Tapestry

Recently Moon Rain's Artistic Director completed a tapestry commission. Below are images of Sky Streams, a tapestry designed and woven by Thoma Ewen for an Edmonton residence

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Pages updated

Please check out the Installations and Exhibition pages and shortly there will be information about the upcoming workshops. The distribution of the fridge magnets for La Triennale has been ongoing and we have received some wonderful responses.

The event opening is drawing closer