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.
This is the piece I’m currently working on. It came out of a weaving exchange I’m in. This year our topic was Starry Night. I decided to weave a literal version using pictures of starry nights cut from magazine pages. The sample size for the exchange is 6” x 6” and when those were finished I wove this larger piece using several images. I also wanted to add some electronics to the piece. I’ve been away from electronic textiles for a while and thought a simple wiring piece would be a good refresher and get me back into arduino and lily pad projects. So much more to learn.
I live out in the country where the stars are bright and beautiful. Despite feeling safe out in the middle of nowhere, most of my neighbors use multiple streetlights along with porch and other night defying lights. And I have several other stories of what I’ve dubbed “nature deifiers”. So I added tiny street lights in the shape of the big dipper and the glow from the lights does indeed make it difficult to see some of the star detail.
Last week I was at the Jan Pennington Gray Harp Camp in Chattanooga listening to wonderful harp concerts.
While I was there I was lucky enough to help the wonderful folks on the 4th floor of the Chattanooga Library with their newest tech equipment – a traditional loom. Which is great because their 3D printers are still beyond my abilities, no matter how much I appreciate all they can do.
Now I’m at the Appalachian Center for Craft weaving with fishing line, which luckily for me is non conductive and all I have to do is put wire in the weft and lo and behold there is light! Another link in my electrified fiber art journey. I’ll have to post more later so I don’t miss a minute of today’s class. Our teacher Anastasia Azure is nothing short of genius I might add.