Saturday, February 8, 2020
Doors open at 1:00 pm
The Howland Cultural Center
477 Main St. Beacon NY, 12508
Refreshments to follow
$15.00 in advance
$20.00 at the door
Knit Illusion, 2017
"When light hits color on a wool fiber, something happens. The wool fiber does not reflect light; it absorbs it. This is the secret to a tapestry’s appeal. It goes straight to the heart. Hidden in my own take on this phenomenon is the desire to surprise. What I achieve with this play of light in big and small works surprises me even more than you.”
October 3, 2018
Hudson Valley Yarn Trail Artist Talks Presents:
Join us for an engaging conversation with world renowned tapestry artist and weaver Helena Hernmarck. Over the course of her 50-year career, Hernmarck has revolutionized tapestry’s aesthetics and its relationship to modern architectural spaces. Her designs derive from sources ranging from photographs, to watercolors to hand-written letters. Hidden within each tapestry is a deeper story of materials, and the wool Hernmarck has sourced for decades from farmers, spinners, and dyers in her native Sweden. Known as rya, this wool creates a lustrous, durable surface that absorbs, rather than reflects light, heightening each tapestry’s visual impact and bringing warmth to each interior space.
Hernmarck’s work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and other institutions. A recent installation, Flowers is located at Manhattan's 35 Hudson Yards.
In this presentation, Hernmarck will discuss her career through the lens of her colorful materials, wool combined with linen, weft combined with warp.