Video Librarian Review – “Highly Recommended”

Video Librarian, July 31, 2012

“I hear colors,” says Silvia Heyden, an 82-year-old Swiss-American who weaves tapestries in her sunny North Carolina home. Heyden approaches her art synesthetically, often with one sense expressing as another (as she says at one point, “I have an eye in each finger.”). The pieces she works on over the year covered in this appealing documentary are part of a series capturing the colors and movement of the waters of the Eno River. In filmmaker Kenny Dalsheimer’s A Weaverly Path, the very articulate Heyden talks as she works her enormous loom using her hands and feet, interweaving stories about her history, music (she plays the violin daily, and likens the strings of the loom to those of the instrument), and craft. Heyden’s work is remarkable: a pair of tapestries now residing at Wake Forest University are gargantuan renderings of two musical compositions, Bach’s Chaconne and Buxtehude’s Passacaglia. By the end of this absorbing portrait of the artist—marked by gorgeous camerawork and thoughtful editing—viewers begin to truly see Heyden’s interconnected world of beauty, sound, and movement. Highly recommended.

Special Screening at Convergence 2012 in Long Beach, CA

A Weaverly Path will have its California premiere at Convergence 2012, the annual conference of the Handweavers Guild of America. The Conference will be held in Long Beach, California.The special screening is part of ‘Dinner and Movie’ on Friday, July 20 at 6:30pm. A Q&A with Silvia Heyden and Assistant Director Marybeth Dugan will follow the screening. For more info, visit the HGA Convergence website here.

DVD Release Fri., March 16th at Closing Reception of “Eno River Tapestries”

“A Weaverly Path” will be released on DVD and Blu-ray at the Closing Reception of “Eno River Tapestries” at the Bull City Arts Collaborative in Durham, NC on Friday, March 16th, 6-9pm.
The film will be available at the event and can be purchased at the film website as well. We will also have a limited number of DVD/Book bundles which includes a limited edition, autographed copy of Silivia Heyden’s, The Making of Modern Tapestry.

Eno Tapestries Exhibit at Bull City Arts Collaborative, Feb 8-March 31

A selection of Silvia’s Eno River Tapestries are on display at the Upfront Gallery at the Bull City Arts Collaborative in Durham, NC.

Eno River Tapestries: New Work by Silvia Heyden.
Feb. 8 – March 31, 2012. Opening Reception Feb 17th 6-9pm. DVD Release of “A Weaverly Path” coming in March.

At eighty-four years young, Swiss-born tapestry weaver Silvia Heyden continues to produce stunning, modernist tapestries inspired by nature, music and her Bauhaus influenced education. Heyden’s genius with color and form explodes in these tapestries inspired by the artist’s daily hikes along the Eno River.

Walking along the Eno River, I am fascinated watching basic tapestry patterns become fluid in the water. Weaving is an art form in which movement back and forth is a constant, and tapestry weaving adds one element onto another in an intricate process. The Eno River offers an amazing variety of dynamic forms and rhythms that are just waiting to be transformed into compositions. As I walk along the river, I visualize particular combinations of color and texture to bring my tapestries to life so they will continue to flow when hung on the wall. – Silvia Heyden

“A Weaverly Path” at Convergence 2012

“A Weaverly Path” will have a Special Screening at Convergence 2012, a biennial, international conference sponsored and organized by the Handweavers Guild of America (HGA), with the help of many dedicated fiber enthusiasts. The Conference will be in Long Beach, CA this year and the film screens  Friday, July 20, 2012 @ 6:30pm. A Q&A with Silvia Heyden will follow the screening. For more info visit the HGA website here.