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An ethnography of a creative career in the arts . . .

Gloria Ross (1923-1998) described her work as the translation of paint into wool. This remarkable book, written by textile scholar Ann Lane Hedlund, features Ross\'s decades-long collaboration with twenty-eight acclaimed modernist painters and sculptors, including Helen Frankenthaler (Ross’s sister), Kenneth Noland, and Louise Nevelson, and with several dozen traditional-yet-innovative weavers in New York, France, Scotland, and the Southwestern United States.

2011 in review

January 1, 2012

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,800 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 47 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


A few (of the many!) Summer/Fall tapestry events

July 22, 2011

On August 1-5, 2011, Navajo weaver Marilou Schultz is offering a workshop called “Weaving in the Pines” at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ . For more information visit or call Marilou at (480) 332-2906.

On Saturday, August 6, 2011, author Ann Hedlund will give an illustrated talk, “Louise Nevelson and Archie Brennan: From Collage to Tapestry,” to the Santa Barbara Fibers Arts Guild in California. For more information, contact Jeanette Warren at . On Wednesday, September 14, 2011, she will speak about Gloria Ross’s tapestry career in the “Lunch & Learn” program at WILL (Western Institute of Lifelong Learning) in Silver City, NM. On Wednesday evening, October 13, 2011, she will present “Gloria Ross & Modern Tapestry: Evolution of a Unique Arts Career” at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. For details, go to and visit the Events page.

The Amerind Foundation’s next weaving workshop with Navajo weavers Barbara Ornelas and Lynda Pete is scheduled for Oct. 31 – Nov. 4, 2011, with a warping workshop scheduled on Nov. 5. Lodging and meals at the Amerind in Dragoon, AZ, are available for participants. For more information, contact Carol at

For other indigenous weaving workshops, visit Mary Walker’s website and . There are many from which to choose!

Planning for the upcoming 13th Biennial Symposium of the Textile Society of America TEXTILES AND POLITICS, to be held on September 19-22, 2012, in Washington, DC, is underway. TSA has announced that the online submission process for the CALL FOR PAPERS with a deadline of October 1, 2011, is now available at

CIETA (Centre International d’Etude des Textiles Anciens) will convene its General Assembly in Copenhagen, Denmark, on October 3-6, 2011. Watch for more information about this conference at .

For MANY other tapestry-related events around the country and world, visit the websites, join the memberships, and subscribe to the newsletters of the American Tapestry Alliance and the Textile Society of America.

Brennan & Glueck featured in NYC panel at SOFA

April 1, 2011

Legendary Scottish weaver Archie Brennan and New York Times writer Grace Glueck will join author Ann Hedlund to discuss her new book, GLORIA F. ROSS & MODERN TAPESTRY, on Friday, April 15, 2011, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm in New York City. Art historian Derek Ostergard will moderate (or better yet, “enliven”) the discussion.

The SOFA art expo (Sculpture Objects & Functional Art) will host this illustrated panel discussion, “TAPESTRY BECOMES MODERN ART,” at the Park Avenue Armory’s splendid Tiffany Room in Manhattan. Join us to explore questions like “Why make tapestries in the first place?” –“What goes into designing and making an original tapestry?”–“When are tapestries considered works of art (versus reproductions)?” — “How do modern tapestries fit into the contemporary art world?”

For more information on SOFA and its excellent programs on April 14-17, 2011, click: SOFA-NYC. For more about the speakers and their presentations, click HERE.

An illustrated 2011 catalogue with Hedlund’s latest article, “From Collage to Tapestry: Louis Nevelson, Gloria Ross & The Dovecot Studios of Edinburgh,” is available from SOFA. Many thanks to Anne Meszko, Kate Jordan and the excellent organizing team at The Art Fair Company!

Heard Museum lectures continue . . .

March 20, 2011

For more about the Heard Museum’s March 2011 programs about modern Navajo weaving in celebration of the exhibition, A Turning Point: Navajo Weaving in the Late 20th Century, click here: GFR Tapestry Program’s website. Ann Hedlund’s lecture, “As the World Turns: Navajo Weaving Joins the Art World,” on Sunday, March 27 at 2 pm in Phoenix, Arizona, will include commentary on the interactions between Gloria Ross, Kenneth Noland, Ramona Sakiestewa, and  Navajo weavers Mary Lee Begay, Irene Clark, Sadie Curtis, Rose Owens, and Martha Terry.

NYC lecture at Kahan Fine Arts

February 15, 2011

You are invited to a presentation and gallery tour

“GLORIA F. ROSS & MODERN TAPESTRY: Evolution of an Arts Career”

Jane Kahan Fine Arts, 330 East 59th Street, New York City

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 6 – 8 pm

This Thursday evening, February 17, Ann Lane Hedlund, textile scholar and anthropologist, will present an illustrated talk about Gloria F. Ross’s career to introduce her new book, Gloria F. Ross & Modern Tapestry (Yale University Press 2010). Sponsored by the Mount Holyoke Club of New York, the talk takes place at the new exhibition space of Jane Kahan Fine Arts in midtown Manhattan, where woven works orchestrated by Gloria F. Ross are on display until March 25. The presentation will be followed by a guided tour of the tapestries, book signing and wine reception. You can learn more about Jane Kahan Gallery and its new Fine Arts annex here: For more about Hedlund’s new book, visit

Where: Jane Kahan Fine Arts, 330 East 59th Street, fourth floor (south side of 59th St. between 1st & 2nd Avenues; with construction in front, just under bridge and tramway), New York, NY
When: Thursday, February 17, 2011, 6-8 pm
Cost: $20 members, $10 young alumna members, $30 non-members
RSVP: Visit and purchase a ticket using PayPal
Questions: Contact Arina Shulga at or (646) 413-5757.

Tapestries coming to NYC gallery!

January 17, 2011

GLORIA F. ROSS: REBIRTH OF MODERN TAPESTRY will run at Jane Kahan Fine Art, 330 East 59th St., from 15 February through 25 March 2011. Special hours for this show are Tuesday through Friday 10 am – 5 pm. Jane Kahan Fine Art is otherwise open by appointment only. The main Jane Kahan Gallery is located at 922 Madison Avenue (73rd Street).

The Jane Kahan Gallery will open its new exhibition space with a show devoted to more than a dozen rare tapestries by American artists, edited by Gloria F. Ross.

To read more about the exhibition and its opening on Friday, February 11, click HERE.

For more about Ann Hedlund’s gallery lecture on Thursday, February 17, click HERE.

Also, save April 15 for a panel discussion in New York, featuring Archie Brennan, Grace Glueck and Ann Hedlund on “Tapestry as Modern Art” at SOFA-NYC – click HERE.

California talks cancelled

January 3, 2011

It is with great regret that we announce the cancellation of three lectures originally scheduled during January 2011 in California. Please watch for other plans to be posted here on the Home Page and under Events.