Ruth Manning is an artist living in Madison, Wisconsin. She maintains a daily practice of tapestry weaving in her studio and teaches students in conference, workshop, and private settings.
The field of fiber arts is vast and I’ve tried most aspects, but soon found myself drawn to hand-woven tapestry. There was an immediate attraction to the image-making possibilities of tapestry, a very specific type of language that no other art process can duplicate.
My tools are simple and I like that too; a frame loom, a variety of yarns, and a tapestry bobbin to tap them into place. I dye my yarns each summer to achieve the range of color I prefer to use.
During my life as an artist I became increasingly interested in the stories people could tell of their lives. I slip into the role of listener and observer to study their faces and gestures. Later at home I try to bring back some part of their character in my sketchbook. These are the seeds that grow into my hand-woven tapestries.
I also share my passion and expertise by teaching the art of tapestry. If you would like to learn more, please visit my website.
So, how do I get my name on the list?
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