Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Field Trip - Penland Scool of Craft

Today I had the opportunity to take a tour of The Penland School of Craft with a small group of weavers from Tapestry Weavers South.  It was a beautiful drive up the mountain and a very inspiring day.

Stunning views were in abundance throughout the campus.
It was a special treat to visit the tapestry class.  All the instructors for this session at Penland were from Australia.
 The entrance to the Lily Loom House.

 Tapestry samples.
 The tapestry classroom.
There was more than just weaving, this is the painting studio.
What an inspiring view.

 Creating beauty can be a messy process.

Clearly we visited the wood turning classroom as well as glass blowing, photography and metals.  Our tour guide was Edwina Bringle.  She began exploring textiles at Penland School of Crafts in the early 1960s. For 24 years, she taught weaving and textiles at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte until 1997, when she retired, returning to Penland.
This is the original dye studio, also referred to as the Toll House as it had the only telephone on campus for many years.
"Penland is a stimulating, transformative, egalitarian place where people love to work, feel free to experiment, and often exceed their own expectations. Penland’s beautiful location and historic campus inform every aspect of its work."

1 comment:

Rebecca Mezoff said...

You got to meet Edwina? And probably Valarie Kirk? I love Penland. I think Valarie is teaching there right now for the Australia session. I love Penland. So glad you got to visit.