We would like to issue congratulations to Tommye Scanlin, long-time Folk School instructor, on her book “The Nature of Things: Essays of a Tapestry Weaver”.

“The Nature of Things” is a collection of 14 essays where Scanlin reflects on her artistic journey and describes how crafting and life are interwoven, two threads comprising a larger picture.

Scanlin’s work connects life, art, and meaning through nature in southern Appalachia, and shares what she’s learned from other artists like Lillian E. Smith, Mary Frances Davidson, Archie Brennan, and Susan Martin Maffei. Readers will find a final part of the book gives an overview of tapestry weaving basics with diagrams and descriptions for setting up a simple pipe loom and weaving a small tapestry sampler. A glossary, simple pipe loom illustrations, and a resource list are included for reference.

Those interested in learning more about the book can read a sample chapter now.

The Folk School hosted a book signing with Tommye Scanlin in Open House to honor the release on Wednesday, October 7. This book signing included a small collection of students and staff currently on campus for our Session 1 Mentorships, including Scanlin who is an instructor for the program.

Scanlin was on campus through October 10 teaching mentees about the weaving style of Alice Tipton, a first-generation Folk School weaver. Mentees explored her tapestries and were able to weave their own version of a landscape using a floor loom with similar methods and materials as the original.

Critics feedback on Scanlin’s work has been nothing short of noteworthy:

“Tommye McClure Scanlin invites us into her artist’s life – her walks in the woods, her doubts and decisions, the colors and threads of her days. This is a book to savor – and return to again and again.” – Carol Polsgrove, It Wasn’t Pretty, Folks, But Didn’t We Have Fun: Esquire in the Sixties

“Reading The Nature of Things is like visiting a friend. At the end of this visit, you leave with a better understanding and more appreciation than you came in with.” – Karin Schaller, weaver, Fellow at the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts

“Enjoy, be encouraged, and be inspired. In sharing her own dedicated and ongoing pursuit of artistic education, Tommye gives us permission to take our own work and our development as artists seriously.” – Molly Elkind, artist and educator

You can buy Scanlin’s book now at the Folk School’s Craft Shop by calling 828-837-2775. To learn more about the book and view more purchasing options, visit the University of North Georgia’s website.

About Tommye Scanlin

Tommye Scanlin, professor emerita of the University of North Georgia, has taught weaving for over 50 years. She is a life member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and Piedmont Craftsmen, and she is one of the founding members of Tapestry Weavers South. Tommye’s tapestries are exhibited in both solo and group shows.

Visit Tommye’s website.

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About John C. Campbell Folk School

The Folk School transforms lives, bringing people together in a nurturing environment for experiences in learning and community life that spark self-discovery. Located in scenic Brasstown, North Carolina, the Folk School offers year-round weeklong and weekend classes for adults in craft, art, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography and writing.