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June 23, 2015 / weavingschool

It is not so easy to get a warp on the loom

closer look cooperate winding onIt takes strength, cooperation and agility among other things. I’m at the John Campbell Folk School this week teaching 12 to 17 year olds how to weave on a floor loom – the traditional way. Lean back

The kids are on their second day of tedious work but they follow directions without complaint. I give them chocolate and promise that we’ll get to the fun part tomorrow.

June 19, 2015 / weavingschool

Rare Event 2 in 1 week

This week I attended the second opening of a show that included some of my art work. One of the map pieces I’ve been working on lately was accepted into the Arts in the Airport show at the Knoxville, TN airport. My granddaughter went as my guest. Here she is posing by my piece on the left.

Hazel and Merging Maps

Hazel and Merging Maps

Show introduction

Show introduction

Remarks by Knoxville Arts and Culture Alliance

Remarks by Knoxville Arts and Culture Alliance

This is the Merging Maps entry. It is made entirely of things I already have. I’ve been on a “no buying of supplies” gig for a couple of years. It sort of works. I used free motion machine stitching to connect several maps then cut inbetween the “roadways.” The resulting web was elevated on push pins over other stitched and woven maps.
MergingMapsW

June 15, 2015 / weavingschool

Continuous Threads opening

I returned to the Atlanta area this past weekend for the opening of Continuous Threads. Turned out they had used one of my felt images on all the signage panels. That was a real ego booster I must admit. The work in the show is beautiful and I encourage anyone in the Atlanta area to check it out. The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center is a beautiful venue with trails and exhibits, plan to make a day of it. I met several of the artists and caught up with other artists I already know. And got to pass on a bit about e-textiles to an interested Girl Scout leader. Engineering/Girls – the future is in safe hands.
Many thanks from me to the SEFAA organizers for all their hard work in putting this show together.panel.

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Opening Remarks

Opening Remarks

June 2, 2015 / weavingschool

Installing a Show

I am part of the Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance – SEFAA Continuous Threads 200 Years of Georgia Textiles exhibit hosted by the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center – GEHC. Wow, now that that mouth full is written, yesterday I installed my pieces with plenty of help from SEFAA and the GEHC staff. I was in for a big surprise when I drove up to the Center. The building is new, huge, modern, with a green roof, beautiful exhibits and is surrounded by multiple nature trails. It was the first day of summer camp so there were lots of children filling up the spaces.
The last time I showed these two pieces was in Thailand at Rangsit University’s art gallery where there is all the space I want to use. The “Underwater Coral Reef” is an instillation piece so it’s size and layout is adaptable to the space available. Hanging “Under Scrutiny” is a straight forward no brainer, but the “Underwater Coral Reef” was more challenging.  It is always interesting to see how moving one of the pieces even an inch or two can change everything. We added and removed the felted elements, stretched the knitted pieces in multiple directions, and even threaded the electrical connection through the wall. I always hold my breath until I’m sure the arduino is going to do it’s job and drive the LEDs properly.
SEFAA was started after I left Atlanta but the Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild will always draw me back to my home of 22 years and my many fiber friends. I am honored to be part of this show.

Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center

Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center

Display inside the Center

Display inside the Center

Out of the boxes

Out of the boxes

Threading wire through the wall

Threading wire through the wall

Underwater Coral Reef

Underwater Coral Reef

Under Scrutiny

Under Scrutiny

May 23, 2015 / weavingschool

Weaving and Felting Adventures

This is a “catching up” post or to be more truthful, I really should post more often.

Part 1: Since finishing teaching weaving and felting at the Campbell Folk School the first week in May, I’ve had plenty of studio time. I’m part of a weaving study group and this year’s topic is M’s and O’s,  (A structure in which “The warp ends in one block weave plain weave as individual ends while groups of warp ends interlace in plain weave order with the same weft in the alternate block” http://www.weavingtoday.com/glossary/m-s-and-o-s.aspx). If you are a weaver this will make perfect sense. Unfortunately or Fortunately depending on your style of weaving, I seem to be incapable of weaving in the traditional manner I really admire. So it occurred to me eventually that this might be a way to achieve different textures side by side when using a handwoven cloth as a base for nuno felt. Up until now, I’ve only used plain weave in my pieces. After a number of samples I was able to achieve my goal I’m happy to say. The picture here is of the woven cloth and fibers I later shingled onto the web. I have a large piece now waiting to be cut up into 6″ samples for the exchange. It is always hard to cut up a big piece so I’m putting that part off until the last minute, at which time I hope to post more pictures of the finished piece.

Ready for fibers

Ready for fibers

Part 2: I spent the day in Chattanooga today teaching the 4th Floor downtown library staff and volunteers how to warp their loom. The main branch of the Chattanooga Library has an entire floor as a dedicated maker space. It has among other things high tech 3D printers and and a low tech loom. This is my kind of place and I loved helping them get started on the loom. We crammed a lot of information into a six hour day. It is just a start since weaving most likely defined “labor intensive” but the enthusiasm never left this talented group of folks. All had a chance to throw the shuttle by the end of the day. Next to come is a lesson in pattern drafting.
WarpingA

WarpingB
Part 3: I received a surprise in my Facebook feed with a picture of an upcoming show in the Atlanta area that will have a couple of my pieces. One of them is the background for the announcement. Check it out at this link Continuous Threads hosted by Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance at the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center: https://www.facebook.com/events/471632969653052/

May 5, 2015 / weavingschool

Dancing Ladies Rule

Dancing Lady in progress

Dancing Lady in progress

Lately it has been hard to get out of one of my nuno felting classes without making dancing ladies and this week at JCCFS was no exception. We started with the dancers Sunday night and made scarves and samples all day Monday. Today part two of “you don’t get out of Geri’s class without dancing ladies and IRONING.”

May 3, 2015 / weavingschool

Can to Can’t

success

success

May Pole dance

May Pole dance

In Appalachia folks say they work from “can to can’t” meaning as soon in the morning as you can see until it is too dark to see. Well with the power of electricity we worked even longer. But the students are loving that at long last they are throwing the shuttle.
We also got a May Day treat from the Folk School dancers.

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