Editor of TIGHR news and traveler Australian, Jo Franco has been on the West Coast of the United States with her husband, Ted for a few months. We can see they are enjoying their trip by visiting http://geneshepherd.com/blog/1 The September 12 post includes smiling faces and a report from Gene Shepherd, a fellow TIGHR member, presenter at the Expo after the Tri-Ennial in Strathalbyn and co-chair for the ATHA Bi-Ennial next year in Long Beach, CA besides teacher, artist, business owner.
Yes the members of TIGHR are ACTIVE contributors in promoting the traditional art/crafts of rughoooking techniques worldwide. We hope you too will be interested in joining for the next enrollment period 2012-2015, renewals and new membership will be taken as of January 2013 officially and the form available immediately after the conference in mid October of this year (one month from this writing).
The Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, Maine, USA has opened their second exhibition focusing on the traditional techniques used in making rugs. The approach in Beyond Rugs! was to introduce the contemporary direction this craftform is being lead.
Log onto http://www.FarnsworthMuseum.orgclick Beyond Rugs! for details and to view an online catalog. Several TIGHR members are included in the collection.
Liz Alpert Fay, of Conneticut delivered a talk and slide presentation featuring international fiber artists active today who are incorporating the traditonal techniques with uncommon materials and innovative designs. RUGS ARE NOT JUST FOR THE FLOOR.