When I walk, I pick up things that interest me. Found metal scraps hold a particular interest since they have been shaped by time and the elements. And metal is lasting. This summer I learned how to weave with fishing line thanks to a class from Anastasia Azure at the Appalachian Center for Craft. The fishing line shapes itself around whatever I put into the weft. I love the way it suspends the pieces as if in mid air, creating shadows on the wall behind the piece. Things in this piece were picked up in TN, Thailand, and New Orleans a year or so after Katrina, plus other places I happened to be in my travels.
Photo by my talented cousin Janice Rubin
The fifth grade students in Pikeville, TN are learning how to weave on a floor loom; each one teach one. We’ve dyed yarn with chemical dyes and indigo, spun yarn, and figured out how long it takes to hand gin enough cotton for one t-shirt. Having fun with math and chemistry, who knew? Check the workshop pictures page for more.
I’m teaching 5th graders this week in Pikeville, Tennessee. They are having fun learning about the fiber processes used to make their clothes. We started with floor loom weaving and dyeing today. Koolaid and Indigo smells filled the classroom – for better or worse.
I’m having fun staying at Fall Creek Falls State Park and hiking after classes. You just can’t get luckier than this.
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.