Saturday, April 19, 2014

Folk School Adventure for this year is complete...

... and this wonderful group of students and the terrific teaching assistant, Sidsel Moreb, made it an exceptional experience!  More photos from the class will be posted soon.  This was at the closing ceremony yesterday afternoon.  The display behind us holds the work of the week.  Many admiring comments were made by viewers about the beautiful results from all the long hours of tapestry weaving.  Thanks, ladies, for being such a willing group!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Folk School--here I come!

I'm off to meet 10 eager tapestry folks later today at John Campbell Folk School.  Wifi is only available at Keith House there so I might not be posting about the class until I get home.  If I do have time to do so, I will.

In the meantime... here's a photo from a 2007 JCFS class taken one evening after students had left:

They were doing lots of work then, as you can see from the table full of looms, yarns, and notes.  And I'll have a couple of the same folks in this upcoming class.  It's always nice to see them again.

And, it's a beautiful day for a mountain drive!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Off it goes! ATB10-selected tapestry has been shipped

This afternoon I mailed off the tapestry that was selected for the American Tapestry Biennial 10.
The shipping box I packed it in is the one from Uline that I mentioned a few posts back.  It's quite sturdy and I hope it will live up to its reputation as a box suitable for art work shipping.

Here's the way the things came together:

There are three layers of foam in the box; the top and bottom layers have this egg-crate like configuration.

The middle layer is of foam that's cut to make a window within which the tapestry lays.

I covered the face of the tapestry with a sheet of muslin.  My name is on all part of the shipping materials, including this cloth.

The 1/2" foam core board lays on top of the fabric covered tapestry.  I have a diagram on the board to remind about how it's to be repacked when this show is over.

I wrapped the tapestry in a sheet of plastic and then placed back into the foam window.

The box has plastic lining on both lid and bottom.

And here it is, sealed up and ready to take to the post office.  I placed a sheet inside which had these photos as a reminder to those who'll be repacking and shipping the work to the next venue in Kent, Ohio.  From there it will travel to Omaha, Nebraska and then be returned to me next April.

I'm wishing this tapestry well on its travels--and the same good wishes go to the work of the other artists who have tapestries in ATB10.

Monday, April 7, 2014

John Campbell Folk School preparations continue...

Over the years I've developed handouts for my classes.  I almost always do revisions to the file and that's what I'm working on now.  I continue to find mistakes and correct them... then new ones pop up!  The technical things are fine, it's typos that I discover.  Since I don't have an editor who double (and triple) checks me I just live with it and hope the students understand--and try again with the next revision.

ANYWAY, here's what I did for part of yesterday... diagrams of structure:

You can see from the X and scribbled out areas that I screw up when "weaving" with marker!  It's easier to take out when weaving with yarn.  With the diagrams, I just have to start over and hope I can stay in control.

I don't know if any of these diagrams will make things clearer than demonstrations or photos.  I do demo of methods in class.  In fact, I have a loom with a large warp on it that I do most of those with... easier for students to see what I'm showing, I think.  I also have photos of detail in my handouts.   But nothing takes the place of doing it yourself and seeing the results and, I hope, understanding what is happening.

Now... for a bit of springtime from the backyard:

I've been watching the budding of the small ginkgo tree in the yard for about a month now.  About two weeks ago the buds were showing green at the tips.  Now they're bursting out with tiny leaves.  I LOVE them!  The ginkgo tree is one of my favorites.  There's a large one at my studio yard and a glorious one on campus at the university that I always enjoy seeing in the fall.

These were on the sidewalk at the studio last fall.

This is looking up into the big ginkgo on campus:

I've woven one small tapestry in the past with ginkgo leaves featured... don't have a photo of that on this computer... maybe I'll add one later if I can find it on the laptop at the studio.  I turned it into a pillow--and gave it to a friend.  I get to sit on it when I visit!

OK... later today... I found the photos of the ginkgo tapestry.  First, here it was before it became a pillow.  I designed it by doing a scan of ginkgo leaves with a piece of handwoven fabric from Central America--the leaves were laid on the scanner bed and the fabric placed on top of them.

Here's the pillow and the chair it rests on at Noel's house.  The chair is a handmade one and as you can see by the spinning wheel, Noel spins (among her many other tasks!)