EXHIBITS, LECTURES & WORKSHOPS

June 18th - 9-4 New Baltimore NY

Weaving with child and senior adult with Susan Martin Maffei

A one day workshop in basic tapestry weaving for a child with a senior adult working side by side, each on a small portable tapestry loom provided for this class.
Students will learn simple interlacing technique, proper handling of tools, and some shape making and produce a small personal tapestry to take away. Fee: $5: per person.
All materials are provided. Class is limited to 9. Children/senior adult couples (total of 18 Individuals). Children are encouraged to invite a favorite senior adult to be their partner, (perfect for Grandparents and Grandchildren). Class is meant to be fun as well as a learning project for both age groups.
Registration: http://newbaltimoreconservancy.org/

 

Susan is an artist member at the Center for Book Arts in NYC -
see www.centerforbookarts.org

Articles:

Essay by Mary Lane on the ATA site (www.americantapestryalliance.org/education/educational-articles/andean-meets-medieval-european-on-the-streets-of-manhattan-susan-martin-maffeis-tapestries/)

Fiber Art Now ( fiber arts & textiles magazine) feature article (http://www.valleyfiberlife.com/fiber-greats-series/2011/10/30/susan-martin-maffei/html) and interview with Textile Study Group of NY (http://tsgnyblog.org/index.php/2012/02/susan-martin-maffei/)

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You can view many more tapestry works by Susan and
her partner on www.brennan-maffei.com

Gaga exhibit

Click above image to connect to interview with Susan
(on YouTube)

My works in tapestry depict a very personal graphic view of the surrounding world. The historical precedent of mark making peculiar to tapestry is coupled with the tactile and intense flavor of modern yarns and colors. Selective memory, process and materials combine to form this imagery, which can only exist as textile. Crocheted 3 dimensional trims, quipus and found objects enhance the narrative visuals of many works, influenced by the textile forms and embellishments of the many ancient cultures I have explored.

 

Susan Martin Maffei is an internationally known tapestry artist whose background includes art studies at The Art Students League in NYC, tapestry training at Les Gobelins in Paris, apprenticeship and studio work at the Scheuer Tapestry Studio, NYC and conservation of antique textiles at Artweave Gallery, NYC. She has been weaving her work professionally since 1985. She has taught, lectured and exhibited in the U.S. and abroad and has work in both public and private collections.

Nessa Nessa- Winter Moon

Nessa Nessa is a native american song that means winter moon. This tapestry was inspired by an eclipse of the moon that begins the journey of the tapestry & that occurred on my mother's birthday (the winter soltis) the first year after her passing. It records many items about the Hudson river and its relationship to the moon and there is a legend to help decipher the coding. The quipu (Andean historical method of recording information on cords using knots and colors) records the time of the rising and the setting of the moon for one year after the eclipse as well as phases. The graph at the bottom of the tapestry records the azimuth (angle of rise and set). The visuals of the tapestry record the possible images and weather changes that occur over a one day period in the winter. The sky records many of the major constellations and the month in which they are best viewed in the northern hemisphere. The song is represented by native american flute notations and the tapestry ends with my mother's dog Toby and I playing that song to the moon. The tapestry is mounted on a series of 28 screens in accordion book style that can be viewed in many ways, circular, accordion or stretched out to it full length(252"). When closed it is a compact large book (20"H x 9"W x 8"D).

Materials used are hand spun wool warp, indigo dyed silks, Bulgarian silks, wool, linen, hemp, cotton and metallics wefts. Mount materials are acid free book board and fabric, acid free Canson paper and glues.