My friend and weaving colleague, LaDonna Mayer
, has done something extraordinary. She set out three and a half years ago to weave a city from each state in the United States. 50 states plus Washington DC meant 51 tapestries.
Here is a little video with a view of her beautiful studio in Santa Fe. Hopefully it gives you something of a feel of what 51 tapestries really is (a lot of work for starters).
She finished this spring. I had the distinct privilege of being at her cutting off ceremony for the last piece, Oklahoma City. Here it is ready to be cut off.
|LaDonna with Oklahoma City just after it was cut off the loom.|
All the pieces are done with black, white, and shades of gray and hand-dyed by LaDonna. Her palette of grays is gorgeous and includes some blue-gray and green-gray colors.
Seattle may be my favorite of all, though it is difficult to choose.
|LaDonna Mayer, Seattle, WA|
|LaDonna Mayer, Charleston, WV|
The details in these pieces are fascinating. For example, look at the lazy lines she used in Providence, RI as well as the beautiful little balconies on the sky scraper.
|LaDonna Mayer, Providence, RI|
|LaDonna Mayer, Portland, ME detail|