The Nature of Things: Essays of a Tapestry Weaver


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University of North Georgia
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8.0 X 10.0 X 0.63 inches | 1.38 pounds

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About the Author

Tommye McClure Scanlin is an artist and art educator. She grew up in the countryside of rural north Georgia where her family has lived for several generations. Early on, she knew she wanted to be an artist although there was no formal art instruction available in the schools she attended at the time. Scanlin's artistic spirit has led her through an inspiring career. She has taught at North Georgia College & State University, Arrowmont School of Crafts, John C. Campbell Folk School, and Penland School of Craft. Scanlin is a juried member of Southern Highland Craft Guild and Piedmont Craftsmen and a board member of the Lillian E. Smith Center and the John C. Campbell Folk School. Scanlin and her husband, Thomas, live in Dahlonega, Georgia, in Seven Oaks, the 1871 home built by the founder of North Georgia College, Col. William P. Price.
Philis Alvic is an artist, weaver, and writer. She has exhibited her complex woven wall textiles in over 300 juried and invitational exhibitions. Alvic has written Weavers of the Southern Highlands (University of Kentucky Press, 2003), Crafts of Armenia (USAID/IESC Armenia, 2003), and over 100 magazine articles. As a short-term consultant for crafts development and marketing, she has worked on projects in fourteen different countries. Alvic is a founding member of the Kentucky Craft History and Education Association and is the on the Board of Weave A Real Place.


"If you have ever appreciated a work of art, please read The Nature of Things by Tommye McClure Scanlin. Scanlin, a skilled tapestry weaver, is an equally skilled writer. In writing about her personal journey to art, she manages to capture the universal journey-the highs, the lows, and the intimacy of all who create things, no matter what the medium."

-Nancy Peacock, The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson

"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

"What a welcoming and generous book-every essay a gentle invitation to walk in Tommy's tapestry footsteps, to see the world with her discerning weaver's eye and share how, with warp, weft, words and images, she twines her life and beliefs with the natural world she loves so well. It leaves me feeling hopeful and freshly energetic as I tread my own path."

-Sarah C. Swett, author and artist

"Tommye McClure Scanlin is a consummate and accomplished artist; The Nature of Things demonstrates how she has finely crafted and continues to craft her well-lived life as an artist and teacher."

-Virginia Gardner Troy, Ph.D., Professor of Art History, Berry College