I’m at my favorite place, John Campbell Folk School
teaching weaving for the weekend.
It is 23 cold degrees this morning but it is warm at morning song and the studio is ready for today’s challenges.
In 2013 I decided to create negative space with my daily weavings. Instead of centering each day’s weaving, I connected each one so that the strips had one even edge. I alternated left and right each month. The negative space never showed up clearly. I adjusted and readjusted the strips, stitched them together in rows, contemplated them over and over but still the space between was not clearly defined. After nearly a year, I finally figured it out. For the past two weeks, I have been knitting strips and patiently sewing sewing around the edges. Success at last. As I hoped, interesting shapes finally emerged.
Today I had some fun playing around with some of the shapes in Photoshop. Here’s one result. Others are in the making.
I’m at one of my favorite places the John Campbell Folk School taking a needle felting class. My felting friends are all laughing now since nuno felting is my main love and I’ve never been inclined to do poke my felt with needles. This class kept calling to me because our wonderful and talented teacher Rachel Nicholson has a background in painting. All that layering and value change sure gave today’s piece a depth I’ve never seen in my previous work. If I combine what I’ve been doing with this new insight – well there is no end in sight.
The results of the weaving residency at Sweetwater Primary School were shown off at this past weekend’s National Muscadine Festival. The second graders individual weavings as well as a gigantic group weaving were proudly displayed. A big thank you goes to the Sweetwater Valley Citizens for the Arts and the Tennessee Arts Commission for sponsoring the residency. The kids had a great time, learned something new, and so did I.
This past weekend I was asked to do a joint presentation on my travels to Myanmar for the Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild. Gail and I showed slides of our trip and her amazing collection of textiles. I was a member of CHG for 20+ years and am always happy to reconnect with the great friends I made while living in Atlanta.
This is the finished bracelet I started at the Appalachian Center for Craft.
I wove in flashing LEDs on the loom using two different wires in the weft, one coated with paint so I didn’t short out the circuit. There is even a tiny resistor woven in since I didn’t use conductive thread in this e-textile project. I just put a new warp on my loom today, and am ready for MORE.