Sunday, December 28, 2008

On the loom


I dyed this wool during the summer and got the loom almost warped before the U of W fiber class started. The top photo shows my excellent drying work space in the garage. Open the doors of the paint cabinet, throw a stick across the top and you have a drying rack. Makes a nice composition with the bicycle.

The other photo is the project on the loom. It's a simple double weave project and it's going fast. I only have four harnesses and limited in how complex I can get, so I'm seeing how far I can go design-wise just using the dyeing part to create interesting projects. I have purchased more parts for the loom, so I will move onto more complex weaves, but may continue with just the 4 harnesses for at least one more project.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Snow slowdown


All of the class photos I have of our fall final projects are up, I guess class is really over now. The lack of class and the snow has given me time to catch up on many other tasks. My goal is to get the weaving that has been on the loom half warped; woven and off the loom. Getting the weaving "finished" as in ready to hang up, is another task, but I should at least be able to get a good start on it before going back to class for winter quarter.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Friday, December 5, 2008

Classmate Kaylin Francis, Self portrait


Artist Statement

Who Am I?

I'm daring, yet timid...
I'm loud, yet soft spoken...
I'm giving, yet I'm afraid...
I'm all those things, yet
I'm none of those things...
In my art, I'm content, yet I'm still searching...
In my life...
In my art...
In me... I am to be continued...

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Classmate Gretchen Callinicos, Self Portrait


Artist Statement
I'm looking at the past and feeling loss. It is the moment just before I become aware of the light touch of brilliant newness presenting itself on my right knee.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Unweaving

I don't know how many days I have spent pulling out strands of burlap creating these lacy grids. In way it's very therapeutic, but also very messy, lots of fibers floating around and sticking to pants, shirts and carpet. I began placing them on the background, adjusting placement and adding other pieces as I went. I then stitched the whole thing together, making more adjustments and figureing out the next layer in my head - how I would add more depth to the piece.


I created the "face" piece and the "hand" piece also using the burlap and but also added dyed cheesecloth and yarn. I'm enjoying the color interplay and I think the next additions will really make the piece work the way I want it to.

In my piece I hope the "turning the corner" message can be seen and all the other parts that that come along as we move forward. Somehow I think when many people think about bringing along your past, that it's a bad thing that has to be overcome. But for me I think I've had mostly good, positive experiences and it's a happy past I'm bringing to this exciting new phase in my life.