A Weaverly Path: The Tapestry Life of Silvia Heyden
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.
“My tapestries are not paintings. They unfold on the loom within the possibilities and limitations of weaving. Once on the wall, my tapestries express their own identity in a woven composition.” – Silvia Heyden.
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.
Speaker: Kenny Dalsheimer, Director.
Kenny Dalsheimer founded The Groove Productions [link to: http://thegrooveproductions.com/] in 1996. He received his MA in Anthropology from Duke University in 1985 and then taught middle school social studies for ten years at Carolina Friends School. In the mid-90’s, Dalsheimer reconnected with his childhood dreams of shooting with cameras and making movies and with more recent interests in documentary filmmaking. He was also looking for ways to marry his teaching, creative, and social justice interests in new work. Kenny splits his time now directing, editing and shooting documentaries, producing non-profit and community videos, and teaching youth video workshops.
Movies at the Museum features films by North Carolina filmmakers, films about the arts, and about the history and culture of the Appalachian region. Complimentary popcorn will be provided, and the film will be followed by a discussion facilitated by a special guest speaker.