Unique Tapestry Art that Reflects the World
Inspired by what is new to her, Betsy Meyer finds mystery and excitement in what people from other cultures have and make and use. She comes home from trips with outlandish treasures: Bits and pieces of wrapping paper, scraps of kimonos, and post cards and snapshots of Byzantine mosaic floors, carved lintels, ancient doors, crooked little houses on crooked little streets, bridges and viaducts, farms and mountains, sunrises and sunsets. All are a fascinating mix of colors, shapes and designs that her inner muse plucks from her memory bank to use in her abstract art.
When she begins a new piece, she chooses colors and textures of fiber that reach out to her and complement her hand spun art yarn and the shredded, over-dyed strips she creates from repurposed silk clothes. Sari silk yarns, spun from factory waste by women in co-ops in India, add vibrancy and texture. Meyer’s signature techniques add to the distinctiveness of her work, giving each weaving its own energy and movement to tell its own story and capture a viewer’s interest.