Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Loss of a colleague...
Saturday, I found out, with the rest of the tapestry weaving world, that James Koehler of Santa Fe passed away. I have known James a long time, since he was known as 'Jeremy,' in fact. I have worked with him in many capacities. He taught at conferences I helped organize; he was in several ATA exhibits that I worked on; and he was a large part of several invitational exhibits that I curated. At all times, James was ever the professional and could be described as a gentle-man, in every good sense of that term. James brought the discipline of the monastery to his chosen profession; as a designer, a maker, a teacher, a businessman, and a colleague.
My husband has been exposed to the work of many tapestry weavers over the years. There are but a few he would recognize by their work, and even fewer by name. But when I told him that James had died, he said, "I'm sorry. I really liked his work. His colors were incredible!" Well done, James.
I know that I will still look for his work in every exhibit of tapestries I attend. I will miss them. There is nothing that has the glow of a James Koehler tapestry.