To me weaverly is totally tactile, between my hands and my eyes and my feelings
– Silvia Heyden
A Weaverly Path offers an intimate, visually stunning portrait of Swiss-born tapestry weaver Silvia Heyden and captures the inner dialogue and meditations of an extraordinary artist in the moments of creation. The film follows Heyden for a year as she creates works inspired by the Eno River in Durham, North Carolina and shares how nature, music, her Bauhaus inspired education at the School of the Arts in Zurich and her life experiences anchor and inform her art. Heyden was a 20th century modernist whose body of work redefines the art of modern tapestry.
Heyden died peacefully at sunset on Monday, March 2, 2015 at age 88 and continued to weave each day at her loom up until her death. After producing more than 800 tapestries, she was always passionate about sharing her philosophy and approach to her creative process and passing on this knowledge to the next generation of tapestry weavers.
Born in Basel, Switzerland in 1927, Heyden was well known and respected in the network of tapestry weavers across the US. Her tapestries hang on the walls of collectors and institutions throughout the world, yet few have had an opportunity to witness the physical intimacy between Silvia and her loom.
A Weaverly Path is available on DVD and Blu Ray. The film is also available on Kanopy, an on-demand streaming service for educational institutions. Students and faculty can preview and view the film here.
A Weaverly Path was a fiscally sponsored project of the Southern Documentary Fund.