Author: Mae Colburn

Fiber and air
Fiber and Air: A Net by Joanne Segal Brandford
“My ordinary materials are fiber and air,” explained textile artist and scholar Joanne Segal Brandford in a university lecture in 1993, and it’s true. Whether made of coarse bands of rattan or fine strands of nylon, her nets, fabrics, and baskets seem to rest lightly in space. In its most basic form, a net is...
Woven hanging of black linen with wide fringe at bottom, ornamented with feathers
Feathers and Linen: Lenore Tawney’s Woven Assemblage
In a 1971 article, Lenore Tawney’s studio was described as a “gymnasium sized” space filled with “clumps of projects in progress – feathers, egg shells, and delicate animal bones ready for inclusion” in the artist’s weavings and assemblages.[1] One can easily imagine Mourning Dove, pictured above, coalescing from these materials. Tawney is a revered figure...
Long vertical hanging depicting a woman with a walking stick standing on a curving path lined with tulips, with two children in the foreground.
Teaching as Art: The Tapestry Art of Ann-Mari Kornerup
Tapestry weaver Ann-Mari Kornerup (1918-2006) frequently depicted scenes of everyday life. Many include children. Kornerup was born in Stockholm, Sweden and studied at the Swedish School of Textiles, Borås. She moved to Denmark after her marriage to Danish architect Jørgen K. Ebbe and established a weaving workshop in Charlottenlund, outside of Copenhagen, in 1951. A...
Stylized street scene woven in greens, brown, gold and natural color wefts.
At the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition
California textile artist Lydia van Gelder (1911-2012) created this piece for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition (GGIE) in San Francisco. Having taken up weaving only several years before, her inclusion in the GGIE marks the beginning of a distinguished career as both an exhibiting artist and textile arts educator. Best known now for her...
Hanging depicting three women in front of a cluster of houses, in browns, grays, blues, orange, yellow and white on a natural ground.
Weaving Outside the Lines
Active from the 1940s through the 1980s, Finnish artist Eva Anttila famously wove, or had a hand in weaving, every tapestry that bears her name. With pieces now in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Helsinki, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, her work is considered an enduring expression of the...
Four large, white curving shell shapes are inlaid in a dark grey weft satin ground by means of interlocking tapestry. Within the shell shapes, texture and patterning are created by contrasting twill and satin weaves.
An Eye for Nature: Dora Jung’s Shell Tapestries
Shells II is one of a series of four shell weavings created by Finnish textile designer Dora Jung (1906-1980). It features four tan shells against a dark grey background. As journalist Charles Talley observed in a 1985 article in FiberArts, the series epitomizes Dora Jung’s ability to “sketch” at the loom, working out and refining...