Tapestry Artists Stir Up ‘Alphabet Soup Exhibit’

Airplane in Air by Cindy Dworzak. Courtesy photo
Spiral in Space: Whirlpool Galaxy by Evelyn Campbell. Courtesy photo
FLAC News:

Las Aranas Spinners and Weavers Guild (Albuquerque and Central New Mexico) and Las Tejedoras Fiber Arts Guild (Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico) present a tapestry show, the Alphabet Soup Exhibit, at Fuller Lodge Art Center’s Portal Gallery Jan. 31–March 15.

There will be an opening reception for this show, and for “Signed Sealed Delivered” in the Main Gallery, 5-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31.

The Alphabet Soup Exhibit consists of 31 small tapestries representing letters of the alphabet and the numbers 0-4. The display came out of a joint meeting of the two guild tapestry groups when they decided to collaborate on a project. 

Twenty-nine weavers decided to participate in this project. Each weaver was assigned a letter or number and created a representational, metaphorical or abstract design using a color scheme of the weaver’s choosing. The letter or number which is the theme of the piece can be obvious or hidden within the tapestry.

Additional tapestries from the two tapestry groups will also be shown as part of the exhibit. These tapestries vary in size and feature a variety of techniques and diverse subject matter. 

Both Las Aranas and Las Tejedoras Guilds were founded in the early 1970s. These guilds provide educational experiences to their members and participate in projects that increase awareness of the fiber arts. 

The Tapestry Groups within each guild are focused on the study of tapestry design and technique and the sharing of expertise with fellow guild members. The Tapestry Groups include beginning tapestry weavers who are just learning the discipline and experienced artists who have taught and exhibited all over New Mexico, the United States and in foreign countries.