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My work is about seeing the holy in the ordinary, the sacred embodied in the world, and then saying, “Here,...


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Dahlonega, GA 30533

Tommye McClure Scanlin

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Bittersweet Tapestry Studio

Media: Fiber

I use the slow medium of tapestry weaving because I love the surface of flat woven tapestry, the intensity of color as interpreted in yarn, and the significance of each movement of the weaver's hands to the finished work. My tapestries are based upon ideas and images that are meaningful to me; the glorious natural world of north Georgia and western North Carolina provides many of those.

Tommye McClure Scanlin has been weaving for over thirty years, exploring many different techniques of creating images through the woven structure. In 1988 she began her journey in tapestry weaving and her tapestries have been exhibited nationally and internationally since 1990.


For 2014 her work is in juried exhibits American Tapestry Biennial 10, Visions Museum, San Diego, CA; The Art is the Cloth, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH; Digital Technology-Traditional Techniques at East Carolina University.  Other 2014 exhibits include Continuing Conversations, works by members of Southeast Fiber Educators Association, at Barton College, Wilson, NC.  In 2013 her work was selected for the juried exhibitions: National Fiber Directions, Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, KS; "In the Mind's Eye", biennial exhibit sponsored by Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild,  Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, Marietta, GA; "Fables of an Eco-Future," at the Hambidge Center, Rabun Gap, GA; and in the Tapestry Weavers South exhibits at the Quinlan Art Center, Gainesville, GA and at the Folk Art Center, Asheville, NC.


In 2009 Scanlin was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for "...dedication to craft education" by the Georgia Art Education Association.  She was also granted a Life Membership in Southern Highland Craft Guild in 2009.  She is a Fellow of the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts, and has had artist residencies there as well as at the Lillian E. Smith Center.


Her work is found at Allanstand in the FAC, Asheville and at Piedmont Craftsmen Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC.  She welcomes commissions of tapestry works. In addition to her studio work, Scanlin teaches weaving in several places, including John C. Campbell Folk School, Penland, and Arrowmont.  In 2014, she will be teaching at John Campbell Folk School and Peters Valley School of Craft.  In 2015, she will once more be at John Campbell Folk School.  Check the left side margin at her blog for the contact information for upcoming classes.


For more information about Tommye Scanlin's tapestry work, please visit her blog called Works in Progress.