Monday, April 7, 2014
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!)
Posted by Tommye McClure Scanlin at 9:54 AM