Life post-graduation has been an adjustment. Getting used to a new schedule, trying to figure out what to do with free time, organizing the chaos that has developed in my house over the past four years. Finally, I’m beginning again.
I’m beginning to see how art-making will fit into my life. A couple of weeks ago I picked up my new old loom from ACAD, a graduation present from my mom. It took twice as long to reassemble it as it did to take a part and load into my vehicle. After four attempts, I got it put together and now feel a lot more familiar with my new loom, a Leclerc Gobelin-style loom.
I wound a new warp in my kitchen…a little different than using the warping mills at school, and a little more time-consuming. It makes me appreciate what I had access to during my time at ACAD.
Now, it’s all set-up for my next weaving, which will be a part of my show at the Marion Nicoll Gallery in the fall. This one will be with two sculptural tapestry elements that will be connected with a tube of needlepoint lace. I’ve gotten this far, and realized I don’t have a tapestry beater, so I’ll be using a fork in the meantime.
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!
My tapestry is coming along…but there is still a long way to go!
Here are some shots of the tapestry sample I’m currently working on. This is a trial run for the larger version I’ll be weaving next. It’s the first shaped tapestry I’ve done…so hopefully it works!