Website, finally!

Yay! After months of figuring out how to make my site (with many wasted hours and failed attempts), I’m finally successful. Hopefully I will now be able to update it without somehow losing what I’ve got. You can check it out at melissawong.ca.

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Graduation Day!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted. The last few weeks have been a countdown to graduation. I was busy finishing the convocation shawl for ACAD’s president, Dr. Doz; putting the finishing touches on my grad show work; organizing the massive pile of stuff that was emptied from my studio at school; and sewing up a dress to wear to the grad show. Well, it’s all said and done now, and graduation day has already come and gone. It’s hard to believe that my four years of ACAD are in the past.

Above: The finished shawl! Woven with bamboo and silk, hand-dyed habotai silk, embroidered details.

I was a little uncertain about how I was going to install my work for the show. I did a little trial run in the entrance to my place, hanging it up with packing tape and several strings. But, it worked out. I got the space I had requested, and the trial run helped make the installation go pretty smooth.

Above: Circumintervention, woven tapestry with hand-dyed needlepoint lace, cart, equipment, 2011

ACAD’s grad show is on until May 28.


The Jacquard Show

Last week, as a part of Fibre Fortnight, we had a show of our Jacquard weavings in conjunction with a Jewellery + Metals show in Gallery 371. The weavings were designed last year by the students of the Intermediate Weaving class when our visiting artist Louise Lemieux-Berube gave a workshop on designing for the Jacquard loom. Our Photoshop designs were then sent to the Centre for Contemporary Textiles in Montreal to be woven.

These weavings represent a first exploration of the possibilities in working with the Jacquard design process.
Here are some photos courtesy of Mackenzie Frere. My work is the diptych of my great grandmother’s face and hands. I went into the Jacquard with some acid dyes to see how colour could work with the black and white image.


Process: An hour’s worth of work

Sometimes people ask me how long it takes to weave a tapestry. Most of the time it’s hard to give an answer. I have a vague sense of how long it takes, but usually lose track of the number of hours I spend on a weaving. Some areas take longer than others, so it’s hard to know how much can be done in a certain amount of time. Here I’ve documented an hour’s worth of work. The first picture is where I was at when I sat down to weave, and the second when I stopped after weaving for an hour. I’m almost at the centre of the circle!

 

 


Accumulous

Pictures from the ArtaWEARness XI shoot! The photographer, Alexsis, did an awesome job!
This series of garments was made from fabric which I hand-dyed with rust and various natural dyes. This work explores repetition and accumulation, growth and decay.

Dana

Britny

Myself

Britny, Dana, and myself

Photos: Alexsis Lee
Models: Dana, Britny, and myself
Hair: Stefanie Wong

 


Process: Inch by Inch

My tapestry is coming along…but there is still a long way to go!


Process: Next in Line

Today I finally began my tapestry. As it always is with beginning another tapestry, the first few inches into it I begin to question why it is that I choose to work with this time-consuming process. It’s as if I forget that it takes a long time. And a whole lot of patience.

I think I’ve managed to get past the fact that this will take a ridiculous amount of time (more than I seem to have), and am pleased with the little I’ve done so far. I’m working with single strands to get a greater degree of blending and colour variation, and am incorporating different types of yarns and threads for added texture.

This evening, I was working on stitching up my sample. I was playing with it, seeing if I liked it better concave or convex, and thinking of display ideas. My niece was there, and suddenly took the weaving and placed it on her head. It looked hilarious! My sister, niece and I all took turns trying it on. Perhaps this will become my next project in line. I love when one idea begets another.