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moving on

May 25, 2015

another birthday!

Family Album 077HAPPY 14th  Carrie

can you still blow bubbles?

“The real voyage of discovery

consists not in seeking new landscapes

but in having new eyes”     Marcel Proust

or seeing through the eyes of a child

willows beach 043

over many years I’ve kept a journal

filled with design ideas, technical details

snippets of fine art, crazy art and my own simple drawings

inspirational quotes, lists of things to do

and the weather

— you get the idea

P1060875occasionally there is the question – “what to weave next?”

followed by a list

fibre, weave structure, colour, end use, gift/sell/me,

something new, exciting, experimental

…and then I get on with winding a warp and weaving

…and then half way through I ask myself

“what are you doing, why are you doing THIS?”

and of course I can’t remember

“it seemed like a good idea at the time!”

I have discovered that it is helpful to add the motivation and the “why”to my notes

P1060878there are 2 cones of the troublesome linen – 3 pounds!

so before warping a mega project

 a short, narrow test piece is in the works

P1060885I  hope that half way through I’m not asking myself “why”?

14 Comments leave one →
  1. May 28, 2015 1:22 am

    whys always bring a new awareness and possibly new answers 😉


  2. May 27, 2015 3:02 am

    Your journals look like art in their own right. Is your motivation for weaving with the linen partly simply to get rid of it? It sounds like it’s been nothing but trouble . . .


    • May 27, 2015 8:25 am

      Kerry – it is possible that the linen will be ok on its own, if so then I can weave a larger piece without the trouble but need to sample first.


  3. May 26, 2015 2:51 pm

    i love that you include weather! in grad school, we had a whole unit in a class called ‘weather reports’ and it was about how important it was to include that into our awareness.


    • May 26, 2015 4:06 pm

      Aimee – I’ve lived on the coast and islands most of my life and 9 years on a sailboat (much of it sailing offshore). weather is a critical element. Of course the Japanese connection with seasons and design has also been an influence.


  4. Lis permalink
    May 26, 2015 9:51 am

    Why not?


    • May 26, 2015 11:27 am

      Lis – unlike many crafts, weaving requires a commitment almost from the design stage, winding warp yarns (they may be handspun and/or dyed requiring hours of work) once wound there is no turning back! threading the loom can take hours. The actual weaving is only a fraction of the time needed and can be the easy part. Once the warp is on the loom the major piece of equipment is tied up (literally) until the cloth is finished and cut off. And then all you have is a piece of cloth – the starting point for many non-weavers. Bad warps are not only frustrating but time consuming and costly. That is a few of the why nots!


  5. vdbolyard permalink
    May 25, 2015 1:55 pm

    i hate that realization when your great idea plummets into the ground and becomes a puddle of ridiculousness. it happens too often. but then, sometimes, when you think it will, it doesn’t!


  6. May 25, 2015 11:58 am

    As the interviewee says to the interviewer, while searching wildly for an answer, “I’m so glad you asked that question.”


  7. May 25, 2015 11:02 am

    Surely the answer would have to include the love of this color …


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