Q: I am looking for places to continue my education in tapestry. I have not found many places in the United States with long term tapestry courses or with degree programs. Do you have a list of places that have long term courses or degree programs?
A: Thank you for your inquiry. Here is a relatively generic (but loaded) answer to your question. Please let us know what else you find out, so that we can update our information for others.
Many universities and colleges offer occasional courses in textiles, textile history, fiber arts, and weaving. Check for course listings at schools in your area online or in printed catalogues in the art, art history, anthropology, and human ecology (home economics, family studies, and related) departments. Formal courses of study and degrees related to textiles (but not specifically tapestry) are available at only a few universities; because these change from time to time, check websites for current information.
Workshops and short courses are frequently offered by local weaving guilds and by regional and national fiber arts organizations. Check on the worldwide web for guilds in your area or in those places you will be traveling.
- Also check on websites for events produced by the national Handweavers Guild of America (Convergence is the HGA’s biannual conference)
and regional groups such as
- Intermountain Weavers Conference
- Mid Atlantic Fiber Association (MAFA)
- Arizona Federation of Weavers and Spinners
- Tapestry Weavers West (TWW)
- Tapestry Weavers in New England (TWINE) 38 Bellevue Ave. South Portland, Maine 04106 and others.
Several private schools offer excellent seasonal training:
- Penland School of Crafts, P.O. Box 37, (67 Doras Trail) Penland, NC 28765
- Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, P.O. Box 518, Deer Isle, Maine 04627
Although no long-distance tapestry weaving degree is available currently in the U.S. so far as we know, a correspondence course in tapestry weaving is available through TAFE (Technical and Further Education) in Australia.
The Australian National University in Canberra offers an excellent degree program in fibers and textiles.
A full-fledged tapestry course of study is available in England at West Dean College, Chichester, West Sussex, PO 18 0QZ, UK.
For southwestern Native American-style weaving specifically, see the following:
- Taos Art Institute
- Deschinny Family Website
- Navajo Weaving in Beauty
- Sarah Nataani’s family website
- Heard Museum, Phoenix
- Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff
- Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe
- Wheelwright Museum, Santa Fe
- Southwest Museum, Los Angeles
Best of luck in your search for stimulating and inspiring training!