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Small Works, Tapestries by Sue Weil
Tapestries handwoven of cotton, wool & tencel
Longtime Marin artist Sue Weil’s choice of medium isn’t one you’ll see dominating the walls of galleries all over the Bay Area. But that fact doesn’t inhibit her ability to convey an array of messages or engage her audience. In fact, she says it enhances her ability to do both.
“I’ve enjoyed working in all sorts of visual media over the years, but I’ve always returned to the medium of weaving yarn because I just love the warmth,” she says. “It could be done with paint or something else but there is something about fiber that is very inviting and draws the viewer in more than other mediums.”
Weil is showcasing her “Small Works” tapestries handwoven of cotton, wool & tencel at the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center (85 Throckmorton Ave.), throughout August, with a wine reception set for the Mill Valley Arts Commission’s First Tuesday Artwalk on August 1, 5:30-7:30pm.
In 2011, Weil got deeply into creating tapestries and has been exploring the medium ever since. The ranges from abstract designs where she explores concepts like geometry and assymetry or more of-the-moment themes like “Building Walls” with the swirling immigration debate or “I’m Right Here With You,” the phrase uttered by the daughter of the woman who filmed the fatal shooting of her boyfriend Philando Castile by police in Minneapolis in 2016.
“Weaving attracts me for its simplicity: two opposing sets of threads twining together to create a whole,” Weil says. “Working at the loom provides me the opportunity to sit in the stillness of my thoughts, allowing my hands to think.”
Additional time info:
Opening Reception, First Tuesday ArtWalk, Aug. 1: 5:30-7:30 pm
Show Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (or by appointment)
85 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941