"Tapestry Design Elements and Principles" with Molly Elkind
Artists have always used concepts like Color, Texture, and Contrast to make their works sing. In this lecture, learn about the eight most important Elements of Art and Principles of Design for tapestry. View many images of tapestries that show exactly how these elements are used successfully, and gain insights about how you can apply these concepts to make your own work even better.
Fiber artist Molly Elkind’s recent work explores the expressive potential of handwoven tapestry. Recent work investigates the expressive potential of both traditional tapestry technique and approaches based on mixed media collage, open warps and improvisational weaving.
Molly has focused on weaving since 2009. Earlier work ranged across the spectrum of fiber arts, including papermaking, quiltmaking, embroidery, book arts and collage. She earned an M.A. in Studio Art from the Allen R. Hite Art Institute at the University of Louisville in 2002, and in that year was awarded an Artist Enrichment grant by the Kentucky Foundation for Women. In 2021 her work Fold was shortlisted for the Kate Derum Award for Small Tapestries sponsored by the Australian Tapestry Workshop and the piece SkyGrass was shortlisted for purchase for a public facility by New Mexico Arts. Exhibition highlights include solo shows at Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance (2018) and at Mercer University, both in Atlanta (2009). Other juried shows include Materials Hard + Soft (2019) and Fiber as Metaphor (2019), FiberARTlanta (invitational) (2013), Small Expressions/Handweavers Guild of America at the Tennessee State Museum (2011 and 2019), Artist as Quiltmaker XIII at FAVA in Oberlin, OH (2008), National Small Art Quilt Works (Honorable Mention) at Main Street Gallery in Groton, NY (2006), and South Cobb Arts Alliance 19th National Juried Art Exhibition Purchase Award, in Mableton, GA (2006). Molly's work and words have been published in Tapestry Weaver (Britain), Arts Across Kentucky, Needlearts, SAQA Journal, and Shuttle, Spindle, Dyepot magazines. Her work is in several private collections.