History of tapestry

Tapestries are a rich tradition that has survived in many countries over long periods of time. Although intended to provide heat to maintain a comfortable room temperature, these wall hangings were also used to create Medieval decorations. The history of tapestry is fascinating. Here are five different types of tapestries that were used:

History of tapestry


Valleys which appear to be a single image portrayed from a broader perspective were used primarily in Dutch tapestries. This is so on account of the fact that the dimensions chosen by the creator were not large enough to fit into a standard environment.

This creation consisted of an assembled wooden frame and hay cloth. It is believed that the design represented the land. The carvings established around the frame were sported by a charcoal sculpture that was dressed in gold. Another design resembles a shield in a detail repeated at the top and bottom of the piece. These tapestries had a distinctive look.

In the late medieval and the early renaissance periods, they were not depicting a religious doubt, rather a traditional fairy-tale story. A popular design etched in stone in the form of a knife that begun with the head and body of a lion.

The tapestry does not signify a certain belief system, rather it is a work of art that displays the expression of a wide range of beliefs and the unique artistic mindset of the creator.

Lady and the Unicorn

One of the most famous nineteenth-century creations was the Lady and the Unicorn tapestries. The belief of the classic artists was that the wrought of the cloth was the feature that holds the Painting and the shape was determined by the hand weave of the fabric. This is a view that differs greatly from the view piece that is usually depicted on wall hangings.


Icelandic colors

Iceland tapestries hundreds of years ago were characterized more by the workmanship as well as the composition. For instance, the artists of the past combined vibrant colors with bright patterns which are quite eye-catching.

Cities and churches

Cities and churches have used the tapestry to create a stunning hand-crafted  style of the ages, which has restored its place in the European art forms including the tapestry.

It is because of some of the sections that are richly embellished and created in European tapestries from the medieval period for the use of the King and his court.

Fairies and dragons

Celtic is a series that displays the traditional belief of beings such as fairies and dragons. These mythology symbols have fascinated many collectors and have made the art form and tapestries even more popular. By selecting an era or mythological scene to sketch out and then, the tapestry makers create a thoughtful piece that covers that entire belief.

Tapestries produced in many countries across the world have been selected to represent different phases of mankind. These expressions are thereby brought to life on the wall hangings by making use of the dye as well as threads that are entwined within each other.

Various groups of art lovers have a tendency to acquire their own particular obsession or cultural ideal. It can be in the form of spiritualism, artistic style, political agitation.

Whatever the selection, the tapestries of that time are rich with expressions to express the personal views of the artist.

Seattle Art Galleries

If you’re a fan of the arts, Seattle is a fantastic city with many galleries to visit. Seattle’s galleries cover a wide span of artistic and creative silos. You’ll need several days to explore and discover gems.

Here’s a list of some of the best art galleries in Seattle and a brief overview of the types of art they specialize in.


Seattle Art Galleries

A/NT Gallery

A/NT Gallery presents two and three-dimensional works of art to the public. Many artists display their work for the first time at A/NT Gallery, making it a uniquely welcoming venue.

Opening times: Noon to 8pm Tuesday to Sunday

Address: 305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109, USA.

G. Gibson Gallery

G. Gibson Gallery opened in the Pioneer Square neighborhood of Seattle in 1991. The Gallery exhibits contemporary painting, drawing + sculpture, with an emphasis on mid-20th century + contemporary photography.

Opening Times: 11:00am to 5:30pm Wed to Friday

Saturday 11:30am to 4pm

Address: 104 W Roy St, Seattle, WA 98119, USA


MadAr supporta artists intheour community by bringing art into people’s lives in unexpected ways, and create community involvement in the arts.

Opening Times: Tuesday-Friday, 12-5pm

Address: 325 Westlake Ave N #101, Seattle, WA 98109, USA

Pottery Northwest

Founded in 1966, this non profit arts organization is a source of programming in the Seattle arts community.

Opening hours: 10am to 6pm Monday to Friday

Address: 226 1st Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109, USA

Winston Wachter Fine Art

Winston Wächter is a fine art gallery that provides art consulting for exhibition spaces in Seattle and New York City. The Gallery specializes in contemporary art.

Opening Times: Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm

Address: 203 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109, USA

Belltown Art Galleries

Belltown Artwalk was re-established by Sassafras Boutique in early 2013. Since then, the Belltown Artwalk has operated consistently with artists showing work every second Friday of each month, year-round.

Opening Times: 6pm to 9pm Friday

Address: Seattle, Washington 98121

Common Area Maintenance

Standard AREA maintenance is a gallery and open format generative studio designed to offer collaborative work and exhibition space in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood.

Opening Times: 24 hours Monday to Sunday

Address: 2125 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121, USA

Form/Space Atelier

This Belltown space provides the infrastructure and curatorial support for artists who create site-specific installations. Find new media, experimental and contemporary art.

Opening Times: Wed – Sat: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Address: 2407 1st Ave Seattle, Washington 98121

Gallery Mack

Gallery Mack represents the most exquisite contemporary art from regional artists. This gallery has been operating for more than 30 years. Artworks include glass, wood, painting and bronze. Their gallery is part of the Pike Place Foundation.

Opening Times: Monday-Saturday 10:30am-6:00pm

Sunday 11 to 5pm.

Address: 2100 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98121, USA

Phylogeny Contemporary

Phylogeny Contemporary generates a creative dialogue between artists, Gallery and the public through solo and group shows of cutting-edge, forward-thinking art. Integral to the Gallery’s cultural program is its philanthropic community engagement.

Opening Times: Wed to Fri 11am to 5pm Sat 1pm to 5pm

Address: 2718 Elliott Ave, Seattle, WA 98121, USA

Seattle Glassblowing Studio

Seattle Glassblowing Studio is a creative studio where you can go to see glass art products in America. SGS represents works made with impressive glassmaking techniques.

Opening Times: Monday to Saturday 9am to 7pm Sunday 10am to 6pm

Address: 2227 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121, USA

Steinbrueck Native Gallery

Steinbrueck Native Gallery’s goal is to cultivate the awareness of the cultural traditions of First Nations in the Northwest Coast. The Gallery is a hub for artists and anyone who appreciates First Nations art. 

Opening Times: Monday to Saturday 10am to 6pm

Address: 2030 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98121, USA

A J Kollar Fine Paintings LLC

A.J. Kollar Fine Paintings, LLC specializes in American Paintings from 1840 to 1950. They source paintings and sculpture of aesthetic and historical significance. Gallery curators have advanced degrees in Art and Art History and work with private collectors and institutions.

Address: 1421 E Aloha St, Seattle, WA 98112, USA

Cloud Gallery

Cloud Gallery ascribes to forging a strong partnership between the artist and the public. The Gallery provides opportunities for emerging and mid-career artists to exhibit and experience responses to their work, and for the public to view contemporary art.

Address: 901 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122, USA

Kobo Shop & Gallery

KOBO which translates from Japanese as “artist’s workspace,” is an artisan gallery featuring Japanese and Northwest beautiful crafts. KOBO specializes in range of works, both traditional and contemporary. They display clay, fiber, metal, wood, textile, and paper. 

Opening Times: Monday to Saturday 11am to 6pm/ Sunday 12pm to 6pm

Address: 602 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104, USA

Pikes Place Marketplace Art Galleries

Pike Place Market is a unique community within the heart of Seattle’s downtown. More than the city’s beloved public market, Pike Place Market is a vibrant neighborhood comprised of hundreds of farmers,

Opening Times: Monday to Sunday 9am to 6pm

Address: 85 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101, USA

Abmeyer + Wood

Abmeyer + Wood Fine Art ia specialist in contemporary painting and sculpture. The gallery is the place to go if you are interested in figurative ceramics and glass sculpture. There are monthly exhibitions and you will find them at art fairs. The gallery is across the street from the Seattle Art Museum. 

Opening Times: Monday to Saturday 11am to 6pm

Address: 1210 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA

Art Stall Gallery

Established in 1965, Art Stall Gallery is a gallery owned by artists and it has a central location in Pike Place Market. A dedicated group of thirteen professional artists brings new and original works to the Seattle fine arts community each month.

Opening Times: Monday – Saturday 10:00am to 6:00pm

Address: 97 Pike Pl #2, Seattle, WA 98101, USA

Brooke Westlund Studio & Gallery

“Seattle artist Brooke Westlund taps into a deep collective spirit in her abstract mixed media creations. Her paintings embrace something individual and unique and simultaneously connects to the pulse of the collective whole.”

Address: 1514 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA

Ed Newbold Wildlife Artist

Ed Newbold is a Wildlife Artist living n Seattle, with a store at the entrance of Pike Place Market. Ed paints in acrylic and also does gouache and his art is available as signed prints, signed posters, notecards and originals.

Opening Times: Monday to Sunday 8:30am to 6pm

Address: 93 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101, USA

Harris Harvey Gallery

Harris Harvey Gallery is a leading Seattle fine art gallery where new and experienced collectors go to find paintings, prints, photography, and sculpture of the highest quality.

Opening Times: Tue to Sat 11am to 6pm

Address: 1915 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA

Northwest Tribal Art

Northwest Tribal Art (Northwest American Native Arts) is one of the leading Gallery showcasing museum-quality Northwest Native and Inuit artwork for collectors since 1981.

Opening Times: Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Address: 1417 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA

Studio / Gallery Artist Jesse Link

Jesse Link is a Seattle based visual artist. Originally from the Pittsburgh area, Jesse graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh with a degree in Industrial Design.

Opening Times: Thu to Sun 11am to 5pm.

Address: 1501 Pike Pl #324, Seattle, WA 98101, USA

Traver Gallery

Seattle-born painter and sculptor Traver Bennion has shown his work across the United States, Canada, and Europe since 1968. He lives on Vashon Island, near Seattle, Washington.

Opening Times: Tues to Sat 10am to 6pm

Address: 110 Union St #200, Seattle, WA 98101, USA

Vetri Gallery

Since 1996, Vetri has showcased artists and designers, especially of the studio glass movement. They focus on the innovative contemporary work in glass as well as ceramic artists, independent jewelry designers, and exceptional objects in all media.

Opening Times: Tues to Sat 10am to 6pm, Sunday 10am to 5pm

Address: 1404 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA

Pioneer Square Area Art Galleries

A Gallery

Located in Seattle’s historic Occidental Park, A Gallery has dedicated its exhibitions to showcasing the work of new artists. Integrus Architecture receive proposals that address design, social spaces, and visual complements to real architectural practice. 

Opening Times: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Address: 117 S Main St, Seattle, WA 98104, USA

METHOD Gallery

The mission of METHOD is to foster and exhibit sculpture and installation that regards process, material, and concept, while engaging the gallery space.

Opening Times: Friday and Saturday 12-5pm

Address: 106 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104, USA

Shift Gallery

Shift is an artist-run gallery that opened in December 2004 in the renovated Tashiro-Kaplan arts complex; an artist lives/work building in the Pioneer Square district of Seattle.

Opening Times: Friday & Saturday 12pm – 5pm

Address: 312 S Washington St, Seattle, WA 98104, USA


Founded in 1995, SOIL is a collective and a nonprofit gallery established, supported, and managed by Seattle artists. SOIL is an experimental venue for artists and curators to exhibit, develop, and advance innovative art of diverse media and content.

Opening Times: Thursday to Sunday 12pm to 5pm

Address: 112 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104, USA

Stonington Gallery

Stonington Gallery has an exciting collection of contemporary masterworks from the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Since 1979, the Gallery has been showcasing a collection, exceptional service and knowledgeable staff. For visitors wishing to understand the character of Seattle and the wider Northwest Coast, our Gallery is a rich cultural introduction, and proof of the vibrant, living indigenous cultures of our region.

Opening Times: Weekdays 10am – 6pm (PST) / Saturday 10am – 5:30pm / Sunday 12pm – 5pm

Address: 125 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104, USA

Treason Gallery

Treason Gallery is sought after by collectors and art enthusiasts across the world.

Opening Times: THURSDAY – SATURDAY 12-5 PM

Address: 319 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104, USA

ZINC contemporary

At ZINC, artists and creativity fuel inspiration, innovation and hope for humanity.

Opening Times: THURSDAY – SATURDAY 10am to 4pm

Address: 119 Prefontaine Pl S, Seattle, WA 98104, USA

Georgetown Art Galleries

(The) Alice

The Alice is a contemporary art space in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle. The Alice is run by a curatorial collective of seven artists and writers: Julia Freeman, Julia Heineccius, Bettina Judd, Natalie A. Martínez, Minh Nguyen, Thea Quiray Tagle, and Dan Paz.

Opening Times: 12-7PM on Saturdays

Address: 6007 12th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108, USA

Bridge Productions

​Bridge Productions examines, supports, and helps sustain arts ecosystems thorough examination of the current state and conditions; as well as the art, artists, and producers of ; contemporary art and its various environments.

Opening Times: no found

Address: no found

Georgetown Arts & Cultural Center

Georgetown Arts and Cultural Center, located in an eclectic neighborhood of Seattle, aims to “foster a supportive environment for local artists to create, perform, and be active in the local arts and cultural community. In addition to hosting rotating exhibits, the GACC takes part in the Georgetown Every Second Saturday Art Attack.

Opening Times: no found

Address: 5809 Airport Way S, Seattle, WA 98108, USA

Praxis Arts LLC

Their mission is to uphold inspiring space for art makers and educators, to strengthen the Seattle’s art community. Theoria is in the Art & Design District of Georgetown. The 1903 douglas fir ballroom offers a gorgeous up-scale antique platform to the artistic culture of Seattle.

Opening Times: no found

Address: 5511 1/2 Airport Way S, Seattle, WA 98108, USA

Studio e Gallery

Studio e is a contemporary art space focused on exploring new territories in creative expression through a program of exhibitions, talks and temporary in-situ projects.

Opening Times: thursday, friday & saturday 1-6pm*

Address: 609 S Brandon St, Seattle, WA 98108, USA

Seattle Art Museums

(The) Art Institute of Seattle Gallery

The Arts Institutes International is now providing transcript services for the closed Ai Campuses. 

Opening Times: no found

Address: 2323 Elliott Ave, Seattle, WA 98121, USA

Chihuly Garden and Glass

Dale Chihuly was introduced to glass while studying interior design at the University of Washington. 

Opening Times: Mon to Thurs 8:30am to 8:30pm / Friday to Sunday 8:30am to 9:30pm

Address: 305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109, USA

Frye Art Museum

The Frye Art Museum is a catalyst for engagement with contemporary art and artists.

Opening Times: 11–5, Tuesday–Sunday 11–7, Thursday Closed Monday

Address: 704 Terry Avenue Seattle, Washington 98104 USA

M. Rosetta Hunter Art Gallery

The mission of M. Rosetta Hunter Art Gallery is to provide a venue for the Seattle Central community to experience the visual arts. The Gallery emphasizes the display of student works, and complements these with shows by local and regional artists. 

Opening Times: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (TWTh)

Address: Seattle, WA 98122, USA

Olympic Sculpture Park

This award-winning sculpture park on the waterfront is Seattle’s largest downtown green space. 

Address: 2901 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98121, USA

Seattle Art Museum

Located downtown, one block from Pike Place Market, global art collections, temporary installations, and special exhibitions from around the world bridge cultures and centuries.

The Seattle Art Museum acknowledges that we are located on the ancestral land of the Coast Salish people.

Opening Times: Monday 10am–5pm, Wednesday 10am–5pm, Thursday 10am–9pm, Friday to Sunday 10am–5pm

Address: 1300 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA

Wing Luke Museum

Wing Luke Museum believes that stories have the power to change the world and that our roots and the Asian Pacific American perspective matter. When you go on a tour, you’ll experience more than absorbing facts and history. Our Education Guides bring with them their narratives and passions, making each visit unique.

Opening Times: Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm

Address: 719 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104, USA

7 Tips On How To Organize Your Crafts Room

If you’ve been hard at your craft hobby for awhile, you’ll know all about getting things in a mess. I recently decided to turn our spare bedroom into arts an crafts room so that I could have a cubby hole away from the main living area. Dedicating a room to artistic pursuits was one of the best things I did.

I’ve been hard at work organizing things, and I’m finally getting on top of everything now. Even having a dedicated room for arts and crafts need some thought so that things don’t get out of hand. So, before your crafts space or room grows out of control, I’d suggest taking stock and getting yourself organized first.

After all, a clean space leaves a clear mind for more creativity.

Here are some suggestions:

#1 Get extra storage space

Getting an additional cabinet or other types of storage – if the size of your room or space allows – will free up your workspace from the clutter. Don’t allow your work table to become a dumping zone for junk.

#2 Get rid of anything you don’t need

Be ruthless when you go through your craft supplies and items. After a few years you’ll probably accumulate a ton of stuff, you’ll never use. Chuck everything out that you don’t need or donate it to your local school. You’ll feel a lot better for it.

#3 Take stock and be ruthless

Ask yourself what you need to store and think about the types of zones or areas do you need to create. A useful tip is to group your stuff into similar piles to store together. For example, craft supplies by type, fabric, and sewing, etc.

#4 Create work zones

Create work zones within the room dedicating one zone for each project. That way you’ll be able to leave them all set up on your workbench as I move through the steps. Sometimes, when you experience a creativity block on one project, moving to another one might free up the creative flow.

#5  Get what you need

Don’t skimp on organization tools like cupboards, bins and drawers. You’ll be surprised how good it makes you feel to be organized and how productive you’ll actually become.

#6 Put things away

My favorite organizers for my craft room are relatively inexpensive and easy to get. The problem is making sure you use them! I use cube organizers to create my work desk and to store fabrics.

#7 Have a chance of scenery

Sometimes, working somewhere else is great, such as moving to the dining room table for a change, or setting up a spare table in the garden can be good for the soul.

The Death of Traditional Crafts

They say women are the backbone of the arts and crafts movements. Well, most of my friends who are good at crafts are indeed women although I have lots of artistic friends who are men.

Arts and crafts exist anywhere, from the Americas to the Pacific and everywhere in between. India is well-known for its wide range of cultural exhibits. European art began to show the impact of the expanding culture in the 19th century.

Changing traditional art and craft forms

traditional crafts

Traditional art forms are changing due to technology, which has evolved in recent years. But “art” is still considered activities that involve some type of ability, or even a dedication to a certain object and heritage.

Although every culture on earth has a different idea of heritage, there’s a universal recognition of the meaning of art and crafts.

Are traditional crafts dead?

Traditional crafts were often passed down from mother to daughter. In the past, when men were considered the breadwinners, women would bury themselves in learning crafts and producing art.

How times have changed. These days, more women than ever are pursuing careers in a wide range of disciplines. So, the time to focus on artistic endeavors has greatly diminished.

While the development of traditional crafts might be under threat, I think there are lots of women (and men) who are still passionate about continuing the legacy of their forebears.

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Digital Scrapbook Christmas Wallpaper

In recent times, digital scrapbooking has become quite a trend.  With new scanners, desktops publishing, and other digital imaging technologies, it’s no wonder digital scrapbooking is gaining popularity. Traditional scrapbooking can be a rewarding craft but the downside is it can be expensive and time-consuming.  If you choose the traditional scrapbooking method, there’s so much to learn, from heat embossing to layering to choosing a die-cutting machine.  If you don’t have the time or inclination to learn about the various traditional scrapbooking techniques then digital scrapbooking might be just the hobby for you!

Christmas may have come and gone but next Christmas will come around very quickly.  Here’s a neat project to try for when you have some spare time. Digital scrapbook Christmas wallpapers offer a simple way to help keep your vacation memories, whether you’re making one design for your own Christmas album or intending to send copies of your electronic scrapbook to family and friends.


Scrapbook patterns for Christmas

Downloadable collections of patterned papers such as these take the stress from scrapbooking by supplying you with numerous distinct options that may easily be combined and matched to make a distinctive look.

You need to utilize multiple wallpapers on the same scrapbook layout by linking them together to make a grid creation, or by layering different wallpapers to create a decorative mat for your focus photograph.

Since Christmas is among the most popular topics for scrapbookers of all ability levels, many gifted electronic designers have chosen to distribute free newspapers, embellishments, and page kits with this particular theme.

Free Digital Scrapbooking

Free Digital Scrapbooking provides an assortment of downloadable desktop papers that you enjoy. This kit contains background documents, ribbon bows, brads, Christmas tree clip art, members, and a word artwork title. Computer Scrapbook provides papers and antiques from its Winter Jubilee and Noel topics.

Remember, a lot of the websites offering free Christmas digital scrapbooking materials also have additional pages and embellishments you can purchase.

If you find free digital scrapbook wallpapers which you love, consider incorporating your favored graphics into other elements of your vacation decor.