My Journey with Archie Brennan by Brenda Osborn
During this presentation I will show images of Archie Brennan's large body of work and talk about his life and the experience of working with him to create a memoir of his 70 year weaving career. That journey ended in the creation of a book that chronicles Brennan's life, his views on weaving as a modern artform and modern art in general, along with his unique sense of humor for social commentary and the trajectory of historical tapestries from Western Europe to tapestries of the 21st century. The book has over 300 images of Brennan's work, and this slide presentation will include about 80 works to view and discuss. Archie Brennan lived a wonderfully creative life, and I look forward to sharing some of his artistic adventures with you.
Brenda Osborn will celebrate her golden jubilee of weaving in 2025 and has been weaving tapestry for 25 years. She studied tapestry for more than a decade with Archie Brennan, Susan Martin Maffei, and Korean artist Soosoonam Barg, and continues studies through workshops including Connie Lippert and Molly Elkind. Brenda was a member of the now-disbanded Wednesday Group of tapestry weavers for twelve years. She has exhibited work in HGA's Convergence juried exhibit, numerous NEWS juried exhibits, and at the American Tapestry Alliance's Biennial juried exhibit. She has participated in exhibitions in Northern Europe and has won awards from the Handweavers' Guild of America, New England Weavers' Seminar, and the Mid-Atlantic Fiber Association. She was a recent interviewee on HGA's "Textiles and Tea" (April 18, 2023), and recently published a book with Archie Brennan, chronicling his life in tapestry, Archie Brennan: Tapestry as Modern Art, published by Schiffer Publishing.
Brenda has taught weaving and given programs to guilds in the New York/New Jersey area and southern New England, and she has taught ongoing classes at local craft schools in Connecticut, which include Hartford Artisans' Weaving Center and the weaving program at Wesleyan Potters. She has maintained a blog about fibers arts for more than a decade (www.argoknot.com). She is as passionate about teaching as she is about creating woven cloth.