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Rie Muñoz Tapestries

        Rie prefers watercolors but has worked with many different mediums of artwork over the years.  These include stone lithographs, linocuts, serigraphs, stencils, pen and ink, charcoal, pastels, acrylics, pottery, stained glass, textiles, cloisonné' and oils.  Muñoz also has her work woven with hand-dyed wool into impressive tapestries in Aubusson, France. The sizes have ran from 3 to 36 sq. feet.

     Aubusson is located in south-central France, 270 miles south of Paris.  Because it is not accessible by commuter train or flight service, it still retains much of its historic atmosphere. 
     Not only is Aubusson the world tapestry center, but tapestries have been continuously woven there longer than any place else in the world.  History records that weaving was practiced in Aubusson in the14th Century, and tradition indicates that it dates back to the 13th Century.
     Weaving was already in full swing in Aubusson during the Middle Ages when huge tapestries were created  to decorate the acres of chateau walls throughout Europe.  Tapestries were not only hung for their beauty, but as insulation against the penetrating chill of the stone walls of castles and palaces.
     Eventually, castles with their enormous stone walls gave way to a lifestyle featuring ornate-columned rococo walls with wainscoting in ever-smaller rooms.   The result to the weaving industry was disastrous.  And indeed, the industry may well have died had not been for artist-weaver Jean Lurcat.  In the 1930s, Lurcat was requested by the French government to go to Aubusson to try to revive the art of tapestry.  His successful plan called for involving contemporary painters to create designs for tapestries.
     Some of the early participants included Lurcat, Braque, Picasso, Miro, Perrot and Vasarely.  Their vibrant contemporary creations couldn't have come at a better time; now architecture demanded steel glass  and stone buildings with huge expanses of stark walls.
    Today, Aubusson has 17 weaving studios and a weaving population of several hundred .  A weaving school in Aubusson teaches the craft to students from all over the world.  The fine tight weave has not changed over the centuries.  It characterizes so many splendid ancient and modern works, and is known as the Aubusson Weave.

1  PL #161 "Peaceable Alaska"
2  PL #116 "The Last Caribou"
3  PL # 128 "Eskimo Berry Pickers"
4  PL #102 Northern Lights, Juneau
from silkscreen
5  PL #112 "Off to Summer Camp"
6  PL # 178 "Snow Bunting"
7  PL # 80 "The Kiss" (5made)
PL # 160 "Pushing Home Through Baby Ice"
9  PL # 63 "Crane Legend"
10 PL # 257 "Mermaid Legend"
11 PL # 38 "Creation of Man"
Sealaska Bank Juneau
12 PL #201 "Halibut a $1"
13 PL # n/a "Les Enfants de Kotzebue"
(The children of Kotzebue)
14
PL # 281 "Sun and Moon Belong to Women"
15 PL # 195 "Waiting for the Ferry, Tenakee"
16 PL # 34 "Scary Sea" (2 made)
17 PL # 153 "Iditarod Headquarters"
18 PL # 277 "Ark in Alaska" (From litho image)
19 PL # 198 "Ark in Alaska" (from silk-screen image)
20 PL # 171 "Whistling at Northern Lights"
21 PL # 316 "Northern Lights,Juneau"
22 PL # 197 "Iditarod Racer" (from poster Image)
23 PL # 186 "St. Nicholas Church"
24 PL # 180 "Coming Home"
25 PL # 210 "Woman Bear Legend"
26 PL # 155
"Noah"

27 PL # 266"Fall Colors"
28 PL # 274 "Loading Crab Pots"
29 PL # 110
"Douglas Crab Boat"
30 PL # 127
"Boom Boat"
31
PL # 225 "Sitka Summer Music Festival"

32 PL # "Northern Lights Juneau"
33 PL # "Whales in the Inlet"

34 PL # "Bear in Town

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Artwork by Rie Munoz used by permission.
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