Friday, September 23, 2011

Moving through the year, day by day

I came back from Hambidge on September 11 and since then have taken a week-long trip with my husband.  We attended the Folk Art Society of America conference held in Richmond, Virginia and had a blast--lots of tours of public and private collections of self-taught, visionary and folk art were on the agenda.  We spent many hours on a bus, riding from place to place and having wonderful things to see once we got to wherever we were going.

Because I had free time on the first afternoon when we arrived as my husband was at an advisory board meeting, I was able to spend a few hours with Susan Iverson, wonderful tapestry weaver and teacher, and see her facilities in the Craft and Material Studies program at the Virginia Commonwealth University.  After the conference ended and as we departed Richmond, we drove a few extra miles so that I was able to see the American Tapestry Alliance Small Format 2: Passages exhibit that's currently on display at the Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen, Virginia.

We're home again now and I'm trying to sort my studio out; I'm still unpacking from the Hambidge residency month--but I have a few more trips coming up soon so I won't yet be able to concentrate on developing tapestry images from the Hambidge work.  That's frustrating but time will come for it soon, I know.

September's tapestry diary grows--it's on a small loom and I took it with me on the trip so I haven't had to fill in any "blank" days this month.  Here's where it stands today, the Autumnal Equinox, September 23, 2011:

This is the fourth month now that I've tossed a die to determine the color of background, the shape, and the color of the shape to be woven.  I'm amazed at the amount of variety that can be gotten from such simple means.  

Here's June:

And July:

And August:

October??  Don't know if I'll continue this for the next months of this year... maybe.  By the end of September I'll have to decide!

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