Sunday, August 23, 2015

Kate Derum Tapestry Award 2015

The winner of the Kate Derum Award for Small Tapestries was announced last Thursday evening.

We started the evening in the main part of the workshop where there is a large tapestry on the very large loom!

It was great to be able to get up close and see the work, the textures and yarns being used.
There was an explanation on display, along with samples that had been done initially, to show the artist the types of interpretations that could be done of his work.

It was especially interesting to read that he had then worked with the weaving medium in mind.
I have made this a big larger than usual so you will, hopefully, be able to read it if you click on it. 

We then moved into the gallery where all the tapestries were on display. As usual, it was hard to see them all in detail due to the crowd, but I did get to see them all eventually.  No wonder the judges had such a hard time deciding. There were some amazing pieces.

The winner was Marilyn Rae-Menzies, from New Zealand.

There were participants from quite a few countries: Australia (of course), New Zealand, the UK, Mexico, the USA, Latvia.  That is all I can remember at the moment. They ran out of catalogues on the night but I found it online here.

There was another award too, the Irene Davies Emerging Artist Award, won by Agnese Ondzule, of Latvia.

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