Bonnie Tarses

Bonnie’s AuraHoroscope Weaving Fine bamboo yarn, ikat-dyed accents 18”x 96” 2018
Virtual Quilt # 9Complied student weaving from the workshop “Spontaneous Weaving From the Heart”Digital montage20”x 20”2018
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The Pet You Don’t Have to Feed Horoscope WeavingRayon Chenille with hand braided fringe20” x 96”2005
The Longest WorkshopDyed by seven of the artist's students and woven by the artistSilk Ikat sampler26”x 108” 2018
Totally Yummy Scarf Custom dyed, cotton warp12” x 74” 2013
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Pam’s AuraHoroscope ShawlRayon Chenille with hand-braided fringe30”x 96”2015
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The works of Bonnie Tarses can be understood by a parable; a parable felt and seen, not written. Full of life, uniquely vibrant, Tarses seems to weave straight from the sun, if the sun was located both inside the heart as well as in the stars. With masterful skill that is both precise and at ease, Tarses creates work that defies notions of pattern or reduction. Connecting heritage techniques with classical training Tarses marries astrology, computing, physics and joy with one of humankinds’ oldest art forms. The only thing more plentiful in her studio besides weavings of exceptional presence are Tarses’ well crafted, well timed, intricately orchestrated jokes.

-Ian Carstens

Bonnie Tarses

Bonnie Tarses is a textile designer specializing in one-of-a-kind and custom handwoven textiles since 1960. Bonnie first learned her craft at Rhode Island School of Design and is currently settled in Missoula, Montana. In search of a set of personal symbols, Bonnie developed several techniques that have become her trademarks—Color Horoscope Weaving, Woven Words, and Turned-Weft Ikat (a twist on a traditional theme). Bonnie specializes in private commissions—working closely with the client to co-create a unique fabric which reflects the spirit of the individual. Thread by thread Bonnie works to help create a world filled with balance, harmony and beauty.

In addition to being a featured artist with Glass Breakfast you can find Bonnie Tarses' work at bonnietarses.com.