A Weaverly Path offers an intimate, visually stunning portrait of Swiss-born tapestry weaver Silvia Heyden and captures the inner dialogue and meditations of an extraordinary artist in the moments of creation. The film follows Heyden during a year of weaving and reflection. Heyden creates works inspired by the Eno River in Durham, North Carolina and shares how nature, music, her Bauhaus influences, and her life experiences anchor and inform her weaving. Heyden is a 20th century modernist whose body of work redefines the art of modern tapestry.
Heyden died peacefully at sunset on Monday, March 2, 2015 at age 88 and continued to weave each day at her loom up until her death. After producing more than 800 tapestries, she was always passionate about sharing her philosophy and approach to her creative process and passing on this knowledge to the next generation of tapestry weavers.
Born in Basel, Switzerland in 1927 and trained at the School of the Arts in Zurich, Heyden was a fixture of the Durham and North Carolina art communities for many years and is well known and respected in the network of tapestry weavers across the US and around the world. Her tapestries hang on the walls of collectors and institutions throughout the world, yet few have had an opportunity to witness the physical intimacy between Silvia and her loom.
Heyden traveled her own unique path as an artist; and in an age when many textile artists incorporate computers and digital technologies into their work flow, she used only her hands, a loom, and the many colors and textures of thread in her weaving.
Documentary 62 minutes 16×9 HD English
Directed by Kenny Dalsheimer
© 2011 The Groove Productions
Director, Cinematographer, Editor—Kenny Dalsheimer
Assistant Director—Marybeth Dugan
Project Consultants – Silvia Heyden, Françoise Heyden & Daniel Heyden
Additional Motion Cinematography – Alton Chewing and Warren Gentry
Lighting – Keith Nye
Post Supervisor and Colorist—Ian Krabacher
Original Film Music and Production —Aaron Keane
Sound Mix—Michel Marrano
Audio Post—Blazing Music + Sound
Executive Producer of Music—Eric Johnson
Edited at—The Groove Productions, Durham, NC
Fiscal Sponsor—Southern Documentary Fund
Additional film music performed and composed by Eri Yamamoto, David Ambrosio, Ikuo Takeuchi, Hamid Drake, William Parker and Federico Ughi. Available on AUM Fidelity. Live string accompaniment performed by The Foscoe Philharmonic – Ray Green, Viola & Greg Logan, Violin
Kenny Dalsheimer (director, cinematographer, editor) is an award-winning filmmaker, video producer, and media educator and founder of The Groove Productions in Durham, NC. He has been producing locally inspired documentaries since 1996. His first film, Go Fast, Turn Left (1997), aired on UNC-TV’s NC Visions ’99. Shine On: Richard Trice and the Bull City Blues (2000) has screened and won awards at film festivals and tours across NC as part of NC Humanities Council’s Road Scholars program. In 2007 he co-directed Bending Space: Georges Rousse and the Durham Project which screened at fifteen US and International film festivals and aired on PBS in North and South Carolina. He received a Triangle Access Award in 2009 from the Alliance of Disability Advocates for his advocacy film, A New Kind of Listening; and the film received the 2010 Positive Images in the Media Award from TASH. Since 2001, Kenny has worked as a media arts educator with Creative Arts in the Public and Private Schools (CAPS) of the Durham Arts Council and has offered documentary arts workshops at alternative schools and juvenile justice programs. He received his M.A. in Anthropology from Duke University in 1985 and taught middle-school Social Studies at Carolina Friends School between 1986–1996.
Marybeth Dugan (assistant director) is a weaver, community activist and volunteer. A Weaverly Path is her first film project.