Thursday, June 30, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
|Pat Williams at Focus Gallery|
Monday, June 27, 2011
Here's the loom with the leashes installed:
Here are the small tapestries done so far. All have been done without cartoon attached, just looking as my sketch as I weave. Each are done with Spelsau as warp, sett at 8 epi. Weft is either 5 strands of Victorian tapestry wool, or one of Spelsau and three of the smaller Victorian wool. Each one has been washed and steam pressed using a slightly damp press cloth.
Today's drawing, done on a sheet I'd painted with Georgia red clay yesterday then made quick gestures of tree trunks. Today I continued the drawing with pastels-- it rained on the drawing as I was making it-- fine with me to let nature take over. Later I photographed it with the iPad and further manipulated the drawing with the SketchBook express app. Very interesting to go from natural materials into a digital way of working.
My residency continues through Friday and my small four selvedge tapestries grow daily. I've woven eight now and I've got two larger warps ready to use. I'll put another warp on the extra frame after lunch. I installed leashes on the warp I did this morning-- wanted to try them with four selvedge; I didn't have a loom with me that I could hang the leash bar from-- so my solution? Go to the hardware store and buy parts for yet another loom! Less than $40 and I've got a new loom, one that I put Ts at the top and 6" copper stub out. I'll post a photo of that weaving as it gets underway later. I'm still challenged with getting photos into blogger via the iPad. Transferring from digital camera to the laptop then to iPad is irritating but I'm working with photos taken with the iPad, manipulating them with photoshop mobile, then e-mailing to my blogger account.
Whoops, got to get offline! A quick storm has come up and I need to unplug everything!
Sunday, June 26, 2011
"...Dreaming, talking, acting: this is the way to bring change about."
"...Lillian E. Smith (was) one of the country's eminent writers, civil rights activists, and humanitarians. Smith held at the center of her being her function as a creative artist. She also deeply valued the power of the arts to transform the lives of all human beings."
My residency here this summer is giving me time and place to explore my thoughts about making--both the object being made and the process being used. How does that happen differently at a retreat rather than in my home studio? Well, for one thing all my concentration is on my process--no dilution of energy toward others. That's a selfish desire, I know. But sometimes immersion in making is what I need to help me make my way to another level.
Friday, June 24, 2011
I'm trying out my new iPad and learning how to post photos from it to my blog... I'm really getting more done on the retreat than playing with a new toy... Five small tapestries so far and many sketches as well as hundreds of photos!
Anyway... Think this is the way to do it... Have to e-mail the photo to blogger. Going to be slow but can be done.
Monday, June 20, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Thursday, June 2, 2011
One of my grandmothers made quite a few quilts of the simple pattern "Wild Geese Flying" and most of the time the fabric was from scraps of fabric from her daughters or daughters-in-law, all of whom sewed many of the clothes for their families. If I look closely in this quilt I can see some bits and pieces of dresses I had in the 1960s.
A couple of decades ago the house I lived in (a college rental house) was a bit chilly in the winter so I often used the quilt over my lap when I was reading or watching TV in the evenings. Most of the time I'd nod off on the sofa at some point before the evening ended and then when I woke up to stumble off to bed, the quilt would spill off my lap. I began to notice the interesting "puddle" of fabric made by the quilt the next morning and drew it a few times. Later I did three batiks based on the drawings. I rediscovered the batiks a few years ago stored in the attic and thought then that I'd like to do a tapestry from one or more of the designs. Now seems like the time to do that since other inspiration is pretty much dormant right now.
Here's a portion of the quilt:
And a few photos of the beginnings of the tapestry: