Today I was blogged on Mackenzie’s awesome ArtClothText blog. He did a three part feature of ACAD graduating fibre students’ work at the grad show.
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.
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!
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.
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!