Now having completed its three venue run:

The Art is the Cloth

a traveling juried exhibition of contemporary hand-woven tapestry

The Art is the Cloth.

In this exhibition artists explored the various ways in which their tapestry making
reflects on the nature of hand-woven tapestry:
as a piece of cloth.


EXHIBITION CATALOG, 48 pages and full color, featuring all the artists,
IS AVAILABLE FROM WEBS, America’s yarn store,

The Art is the Cloth included pieces which filled any of the following requirements:

  • 1. self-referential: images of clothing and the domestic fabric of every day lives—curtains, bed spreads, towels,
  • 2. historical self-referential: exploration of imagery from historical tapestries
  • 3. particular kinds of trompe-l’oeil: folded paper, or envelopes with canceled stamps, or flags unfurling, or rumpled blankets, etc.
  • 4. native american/first peoples/indigenous contemporary re-workings of the traditional: Navajo, Salish, Hopi, Saltillo, Zapotec, etc.
  • 5. exploration of the elements of weaving: effort to draw attention to the weaving itself, special materials for warp and/or weft.
  • 6. attention to the process of weaving: pieces where the story they tell develops in the order in which the tapestry is woven


The following artists participated in the exhibition:

ALDEN, Priscilla May – Passages
AUSTIN, Janet – Tapestry Diary 2012 — January – June
*BEGAY, D.Y. – The Natural
*BRENNAN, Archie – Drawing Series LXXIX, Seated Female Nude
BUCKLEY, Elizabeth – Portal
CORSINI, Deborah – Into Tumucumaque
CRARY, Sharon – WIld Turkey
DUFOUR, Line – Divine Intervention
EDMUNDS, Susan – Quiet Playground
EGEN, Su – Face 2 Face
EWEN, Thoma – Flower Gives Butterfly
*FRIEDMAN, Alexandra – Here Today
GARDELLA, Cornelia Theimer – Untitled 1 (Blue, Brown)
*GIBSON, Murray –Revenge: A Triptych — Tereus, Philomela, Procne
GOLDBERG, Tricia – Stamps
GRIFFIN, Joan – Sequencing Time
GUTIERREZ, Pedro Mendoza – Otoño
HARRIS, Peter – Science Experiment
HASKELL, Sarah – What you will
HAYES, Joyce – Etude #5: Verdant Summer
*HELLER, Barbara – The Bride, Cover Up Series
*HEYDEN, Silvia – Crescendo with Mixed Threads
*IVERSON, Susan – Distant Boundary
KOVACS, Maria – B & Y = Green
*LAFFER, Christine – La Doña
*LAROCHETTE, Jean Pierre and LURIE, Yael – The Ancestor’s Garment
LIPPERT, Connie – Peace Doves
*MAFFEI, Susan Martin – Nessa, Nessa – Winter Moon
MARTINEZ, Francisco — El Jaguar
MAYNE, Lynn – Unicorn Dander?
MAYS, Anna Byrd – Pairs
MENDOZA, Jacobo – Cristo en la Cruz
*MENDOZA, Luis Lazo– Huipil de las ideas
MENDOZA, Maria Luisa – Caballo Artistico
*MITCHELL, Julia – Roman Wall Weavings 3 & 4
MOORE, Jan – Gift in Hand
*NORGAARD, Inge – Life Interrupted #1
PEARCE, Eve – The Guardian
PEDERSEN, Liv – Medicine Man
PRETTY, Suzanne – Pease Bypass
*RIIS, Jon Eric – Ancestor’s Tapestry
ROHDE, Michael – Erosion
*RUIZ, Erasto (Tito) Mendoza – Arropame
RUIZ, Marcelina Mendoza – Laba ste ladi nuy (Raices del Tapiz)
RUIZ, Rufina Mendoza — Mazorca Prehispanico
*SAKIESTEWA, Ramona – Urban Galaxy 8
SCANLIN, Tommye – Tapestry Diary – 2012
SMITH, Rebecca – Farewell to Summer
SOCOLOFSKY, Shelley – paper towel
SPOERING, Kathy – Grace
SUNDAY, Margaret – Granite Lace
*SWETT, Sarah – It’s Raining, said the Lady with the Alligator Purse
*TRUJILLO, Irvin – Profile
*TRUJILLO, Lisa – Four Season Tree
WALLACE, Linda – DisConnect
WARREN, Sarah – Seasons Pathway II
WEBSTER, Sandy – Tapestry Woman
WILLIAMS, Patricia – Failure to Communicate
ZICAFOOSE, Mary – Mountain for Buddha – Envy
* indicates that the tapestry weaver was invited to participate.


$5 from Micala Sidore at Hawley Street Tapestry Studio

Woven + Felted

The works and collections of Micala Sidore and Beth Beede