In 1990, My mother’s sister, Vivienne Gardner, who is an incredible stained glass window artist, researched and presented to every family member a copy of The Family Forest….our families’ genealogies. Many family members were painters and illustrators, stained glass designers, pianists, goldsmiths, and writers. My early artistic attempts were easily dwarfed by such legacy.
Then in the mid 1970’s, married and living in a garden apartment, and with my mother’s encouragement to pursue what made me happy, I discovered and fell in love with weaving. First at SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology and then the Center for Tapestry Arts (now defunct) I found a perfect medium that lets my sense of color flourish. With a family move to Delaware County, in the heart of New York State’s Catskills Region, I completed my degree at SUNY New Paltz’s Art Education program while learning about printmaking and strengthening my drawing skills.
The woodblock print of WINTER STREAM is an excellent example of my realizing I can create artwork that is good. More importantly I am excited by the evidence of an affinity between the woodblock grain marks that carry or resist the colored inks to the textures of the handspun dyed wools I use in weaving tapestries. This artwork started as a series of photographs of a stream in early Spring that translated successfully into a woodblock print which readily morphed into a drawing with wool (Further details: Summer 2016, Eberhardt-Smith, T. (CatskillMade) Flow, Spring/Summer, “Featured Artwork: Winter Stream”, issue 5, http://catskillmade.eberhardtsmith.com/issue/flow/).
Since 2012, I have been a participating artist in the AMR – Andes, Margaretville,Roxbury – Open Studios Tour. Around that same time, I started exhibiting prints and tapestries in area galleries. Then, Thanksgiving 2016, I retired: and I am one very happy individual and spend many hours in the studio.
In 2017 I joined the American Tapestry Alliance, and participated as a mentee in the mentor/mentee program. This opportunity has furthered my tapestry weaving skills and set up, by using a cartoon drawing or photograph. My themes reflect both the Catskills views as seen from my studio and as key Scripture phrases spelled in either English or Hebrew.
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