Starting in 2018, I am offering an alternative way to learn tapestry weaving with a group of your friends or fellow guild members: online learning. Accessing my teaching through the internet is a great way to keep costs down for your group and allows you long-term access to my expertise as you practice weaving at home and with your group.
I also give lectures remotely. All you need is the projection system you already use for your guild meetings and a small speaker so the crowd can hear my voice.
Remote Lecture Presentation
I deliver lectures via a live-streamed video presentation. This is a great option for weaving guilds who would like to hear my lectures as part of their meetings. Lectures are 30-45 minutes long.
If your guild would like a live Q&A via Skype or FaceTime after the video presentation, that is available for up to 45 minutes of questions and a tour of my studio. Live-streamed video will be hosted on Vimeo and I'll provide access information when we arrange a date for your showing. I do have alternatives to live-streamed video if your venue does not support streaming.
Pricing for lectures
Remote lecture presented in video format (includes three months of access so you have ample time to test it): $75
Live Q&A session after the lecture over Skype or FaceTime: $50
Lectures Offered via remote streaming
Sand in My Shoes
I grew up in Gallup, NM surrounded by many different cultures. I was exposed to traditional European-style weaving by my paternal grandparents, I watched the Navajo weavers around the reservation make amazing things on looms often made out of 2 x 4s, and later I learned the Hispanic tapestry traditions. This lecture discusses my tapestry journey from the little girl sewing dolls to professional tapestry weaver.
This lecture is 32 minutes, available immediately. It can be streamed HERE or contact me for other options. 3-month streaming period.
Woven Color: James Koehler and tapestry weaving in the American Southwest
James Koehler was an influential tapestry weaver in the American Southwest in the 90's and 00's. He passed away unexpectedly at 58 years of age in 2011. I was his student and apprentice for 6 years. This lecture talks about his life, his work, and how he influenced many of the tapestry artists working in the Southwestern USA today.
45 minutes, available spring 2018
Creating Without Pain: Ergonomics for Fiber Artists
In my first career as an occupational therapist I taught many people how to use appropriate body mechanics in their everyday lives. Now I apply that knowledge to fiber pursuits. This lecture reviews some basic anatomy and talks about body positioning, common injuries, and pain mechanisms for all kinds of fiber arts. How we treat our bodies is extremely important if we are to pursue our art and crafts for many years to come. I include a discussion about best practices for maintaining your most important tool including stretches, proper lighting and positioning, and when and how to take breaks.
This lecture is longer than the others. Please allow 60 minutes to show this video and a Q&A session is recommended following the lecture due to the high number of questions I get about this material. Available Spring 2018. A PDF of stretches and tips will be sent to your guild for distribution to your members electronically or as a handout at the meeting.
Group online tapestry classes with support from Rebecca
I am offering my online tapestry classes at a significantly reduced rate to groups. Often these groups are guilds, but it could be a group of friends gathering to learn tapestry in your home or a local yarn shop. Students can work individually on the course from home or the content can be used in a meeting with everyone learning together. Live calls with Rebecca are available with this option.
This option is being offered as a way to encourage in-person meet-ups and to fulfill needs for guilds to have programming options. It is not offered to virtual groups. (Though you're encouraged to use your online tapestry friends to help you progress through the courses! Accountability partners can work wonders and add a lot of fun to learning a new skill.)
Classes I am currently offering in this format:
Warp and Weft: Learning the Structure of Tapestry: This is my signature tapestry techniques class that covers all the fundamentals of tapestry weaving. It is offered here in three parts. More information about this class can be found HERE.
Weaving Tapestry on Little Looms: This is a shorter class aimed at people who want to work on tapestry on small looms. It covers some beginning tapestry weaving concepts and offers some projects to get you started. More information can be found HERE.
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Instructor bio and images
When she wasn’t digging in the sand in her backyard in New Mexico, Rebecca Mezoff grew up making dolls out of her dad’s old socks. Now she makes large-format tapestries and is often found weaving in her pajamas which she affectionately calls her “home pants”. She also creates courses she teaches online and occasionally she leaves the studio to teach weavers in the real world about color and technique in tapestry. You can find out more about her on her website and blog at http://www.rebeccamezoff.com.
Rebecca’s work can be found in numerous public and private collections. She does work on commission and is currently under contract for two large commissions for private homes. She started her tapestry career as the apprentice of the late master tapestry artist, James Koehler. She has taught at Penland School of Crafts, Handweaver’s Guild of America’s Convergence, Interweave’s Yarn Fest, and for many regional conferences and guilds. She also runs her own tapestry masterclass retreats several times a year. She has written articles for Fiber Art Now, Tapestry Weaver, Spin Off, Handwoven, and Tapestry Topics and every New Years she considers writing a book proposal. This year she is actually doing it.