Weaving

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From prehistory to the present day many civilizations and cultures have contributed to the development of weaving.

Woven cloth has been, and continues to be, produced on a variety of loom types that reflect an array of historical, cultural, and regional circumstances. Today they range from basic, portable backstrap looms to widely used electronic jacquard looms.

It is likely that the development of weaving was instigated by the basic needs of prehistoric people: food, shelter, and clothing. The embellishment of woven objects is similarly historical; natural dyes on reeds and weaving elements in different sizes and colors were combined to create patterns, indicating a desire to convey individuality and aesthetic awareness.

The treadle loom, developed in China during the Shang period (1766-1122 BC) is the precursor of modern hand and industrial looms. The treadle loom consists of long pedals, which are operated by the weaver’s feet and are tied to one or more shafts making it easier to raise and lower warp threads in selected combinations. Importantly, it allowed weavers to keep their hands free to manipulate the shuttle.

The most significant developments in weave production started in the eighteenth century when the Industrial Revolution pioneered a shift toward mechanical production. The first practical power loom was designed by Edmund Cartwright in 1787, but it was the 1820s before technical shortcomings were resolved and the weaving industry was transformed.

In France, in 1801, Joseph Jacquard invented a loom that represented a major technological breakthrough. A series of punched cards was added to the top of the loom to control a complex pattern of warp threads. This complicated machine later developed into a looped arrangement of cards for creating repeat patterns in cloth and carpets. The jacquard loom enabled intricate patterns to be woven without the continual intervention of the weaver and is widely acknowledged to be a precursor of modern computer science.

Anni Albers, former Bauhaus and Black Mountain College weaving  tutor, took the craft of hand weaving to new levels of creativity during her prolific career spanning the twentieth century. Significantly, this involved breaking down the traditional perceptions of weaving, to the extent that her designs were widely seen as art forms full of similar creative content and vitality to that found in fine art and in particular abstract paintings. Albers defined weaving as forming a pliable plane of threads by rectangular interlacing. She described the woven cloth as possessing two key elements: the building material (by which she meant the thread structure and the character of the fibers it contained) and the actual weave or construction. Albers developed her definition by explaining weaving as the process of passing the weft between taut, alternatively raised warps, creating a plain weave, or between other combinations of selected warps.

“Hand-woven textile designs.” Textile Design, Simon Clarke, Laurence King, 1st edition, 2011. Credo Reference Accessed 19 Jul 2017.

 

 A rectangular or square frame can be the simplest of looms.

MAOM will offer a class for beginning weavers during the month of August.

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Painting With Yarn, Tapestry For Beginners

resident artist, Judith Drew

In this class, each student is provided a lap-sized frame loom which you will prepare to be two sided.  One side for exercises and techniqes, and the other
for your original woven design.  All cord and yarns provided, plus small tools.

Sundays, August 6, 13, 20 (3 weeks)
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
$70 (Adult) and $60 (Children) with an adult  (9 years old and up)

All Materials Provided!

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Happy 5th Anniversary MAOM!

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Missouri Artists On Main, 315 – 321 S. Main St. Charles, MO  63301

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SATURDAY, MAY 13 2017

Come help us celebrate MOMO’s 5th Anniversary. We will have demos, raffle drawings, discounts, cake and more. We will be open from 10 am till 6 pm. Pick from the jar and receive a discount on your purchase! Put your name in our raffle for a beautiful work of Art! Enjoy watching our artists demo their fine craft. Below is a schedule for the artists demonstrations.

10 – 11:30 A.M.

Judith Drew – Weaving drew_weaving

Diane Tessman – Recycled Flower Making

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11:30 am – 1 pm

Vic Barr – Woodworking

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1 – 2:30 pm Clinton Berry – Whee Thrown Pottery

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2:30 – 4 pm

Adam Long – Casting

Jean McMullen – Collage

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4 pm –   .

Mary Mosblech – Printmaking Note Cards

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Everybody come and visit! Did I mention that there would be cake…

Watercolor Exhibition

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Watercolor takes center stage during the month of April in the gallery.

Missouri Artist On Main will once again host the St. Louis Watercolor Society’s annual juried exhibition, April 7th through the 28th 2017. Opening reception is April 7th 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. awards ceremony 7:30 p.m.

The exhibition is juried by international watercolor artist and author Alvaro Castagnet. Born in Montevideo Uruguay, schooled at the National School of Art and the Fine Arts University, Alvaro Castagnet travels the world painting, teaching and exhibiting his work.

Alvaro’s award winning work graces the walls of many private and corporate collectors worldwide.

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He will teach a two day workshop April 8th and 9th in St. Louis sponsored by the St. Louis Watercolor Society.

His latest book; Watercolor Masterclass: Understanding the four pillars of watercolor was published in 2015 by Artbook24.

Beat the winter blues!

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Art Classes in the Gallery

What better way to spend a January afternoon, evening, couple of hours or an entire weekend than stirring your creative juices. We have a great lineup of onetime workshops and multi-week classes taught by the artist who exhibit in MAOM. St. Charles is a great spot to explore your creative side and the gallery is easily accessible from interstate 70.

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Watercolor taught by resident artist Joyce Rothermich is an eight week class meeting on Friday afternoons 1:30 – 4 p.m. Starting January 20th – March 17th (no class or March 10th).

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Snow Fun taught by resident artist Janine Helton a one day workshop meeting Wednesday, January 25, 2017 from 12 noon – 5 p.m.

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Intro to Drawing taught by resident artist Adam Long a four week class with two options Tuesday afternoons 1 – 3 p.m. or evenings 6 – 8 p.m starting January 31st.

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Kumihimo Beaded Bracelet taught by resident artist Rosanne Sartori is back by popular demand. Sunday, January 15th from 1 – 4 p.m.

Check out the webpage ( http://www.maomgallery.com/home.html )for a complete list of upcoming classes.

HOLIDAY SHOPPING

Watercolor collage by award winning MAOM artist and gallery owner Jean McMullen.

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The gallery is full of great items to fill every holiday shopping list. Can’t decide? We offer gift certificates.

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Beautiful hand dyed and hand painted silk scarves.

Over 42 Missouri artist display their work in the historic two story building.

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If you stop by after dark be sure to take your picture on the lawn with the beautiful lighted display by MAOM artist Adam Long.

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Wall sculpture by MAOM artist Adam Long

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Exciting work my MAOM scratch board artist Brad Leber

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Today’s cold weather is perfect for one of Kathy Shallow’s warm felted hats.

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Diane Tessman creates wonderful, beautiful hats by weaving fabric and forming them.

We offer gift wrapping while you wait. Perhaps there will be hot cider and cookies to enjoy.

Visit the Facebook page of Missouri Artist on Main to see even more examples of the great work crafted by hand from the heart of the wonderful group of artist who call MAOM home.

Fall a time of celebration

Porcelain serving platter by MAOM potter Clinton Berry

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The Pilgrim settlers of New England were not the first to set aside a day for expressing their gratitude to God for the harvest. The Greeks and the Romans paid tribute to their agricultural goddesses, the Anglo-Saxons celebrated Lammas and Harvest Home , and the Jewish traditions have their eight-day Sukkot, or Feast of Tabernacles. The first American Thanksgiving was entirely religious, and took place on December 4, 1619, when a group of 38 English settlers arrived at Berkeley Plantation on the James River. Their charter decreed that their day of arrival be celebrated yearly as a day of thanksgiving to God.

But most Americans think of the first “official” Thanksgiving as being the one that took place at Plymouth Colony in October 1621, a year after the Pilgrims first landed on the New England coast. They were joined in their three-day feast by Massasoit, the chief of the Wampanoag Indians, and about 90 of his fellow tribesmen.

Many states declared Thanksgiving holidays, but it wasn’t until 1863 that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November as a national day to give thanks. Each year thereafter, for 75 years, the president proclaimed the same day to be celebrated. In 1939, however, President Franklin D. Roosevelt moved it one week earlier to allow more time for Christmas shopping.

Finally, Congress ruled that the fourth Thursday of November would be the legal federal holiday of Thanksgiving after 1941.

Thanksgiving. (2015). In H. Henderson (Ed.), Holidays, Festivals & Celebrations of the world dictionary: Detailing more than 3,300 observances from all 50 states and more than 100 nations. Detroit, MI: Omnigraphics, Inc..

Fall is a time of feasting, of celebrating and giving thanks with family and friends.  MAOM is the perfect place to find a one of a kind serving piece to grace your holiday table.

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Selection of work by MAOM potter Angel Brame.

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Perhaps a large serving platter by Clinton Berry.

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A wonderful jar by MAOM potter John Preus.

Missouri Artist on Main offers a wonderful selection of functional ware . The gallery is open seven days a week and in preparation for the upcoming holidays we will have extended hours starting after Thanksgiving.

Perspective

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Drawing by MAOM artist Adam Long

The word ‘perspective’ derives from the Latin (ars) perspectiva. The method of giving a sense of depth on a flat or shallow surface, utilizing such optical phenomena as the apparent convergence of parallel lines and diminution in size of objects as they recede from the spectator. Systematic, mathematically founded perspective, based initially on a fixed central viewpoint, was developed in Italy in the early 15th century.

Chilvers, Ian. “perspective.” The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists. : Oxford University Press, 2009. Oxford Reference. 2009. Date Accessed 30 Sep. 2016

Perspective is the art of depicting solid objects on a two-dimensional or shallow surface so as to give the right impression of their height, width, depth, and position in relation to each other. Only certain cultures have embraced perspective, for example the art of the ancient Egyptians took no account of the effects of spatial recession. Mathematically-based perspective, ordered round a central vanishing point, was developed in early Renaissance Italy. It was invented by Filippo Brunelleschi (1377–1446), described by Leon Battista Alberti (1404–72) in his treatise De Pictura, and is often referred to as linear perspective.

Perspective  may be conveyed in at least four ways: aerial perspective, perspective of receding planes, perspective of scale, and linear or ‘vanishing point’ perspective.

  • Aerial perspective is conveyed by loss of contrast and detail in more distant subjects.
  • The perspective of receding planes is most clearly seen in Japanese and Chinese brush paintings of mountains: even with no other indicator of scale, if one thing is in front of another it creates an impression of depth.
  • Perspective of scale or size is clear when, for example, there are two human figures in a picture, one of which is twice the size of the other. Experience argues that in reality both are of similar height, so one must be further away.
  • Vanishing point is that spot on the horizon line which receding parallel lines diminish. As things get further away from us they seem smaller and closer together. When they get far enough away, distances become small and form a single single point.

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Visit the gallery is historic St. Charles to see the work of our talented Missouri artists.