I use the slow medium of tapestry weaving because I love the surface of flat woven tapestry, the intensity of color as interpreted in yarn, and the significance of each movement of the weaver’s hands to the finished work. My tapestries are based upon ideas and images that are meaningful to me; the glorious natural world of north Georgia and western North Carolina provides many of those.
Tommye McClure Scanlin has been weaving for over thirty years, exploring many different techniques of creating images through the woven structure. In 1988 she began her journey in tapestry weaving and her tapestries have been exhibited nationally and internationally since 1990.
In 2009 Scanlin was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for “…dedication to craft education” by the Georgia Art Education Association. She was also granted a Life Membership in Southern Highland Craft Guild in 2009. She is a Fellow of the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts, and has had artist residencies there as well as at the Lillian E. Smith Center.
Her work is found at Allanstand in the FAC, Asheville and at Piedmont Craftsmen Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC. She welcomes commissions of tapestry works. In addition to her studio work, Scanlin is a frequent instructor in several places, including John C. Campbell Folk School, Penland, and Arrowmont.