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.
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.
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!
After doing some wheel throwing in my ceramics class on Thursday, my arms – from shoulders to fingertips – were aching with a dull pain. Earlier in the week I was experiencing sore hamstrings from tapestry weaving. As I do whenever I experience such symptoms, I did some googling and discovered the term Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). Some of the pages I found relating to textile processes and RSI were kind of amusing; however, I know it’s not funny when you’re in pain from doing something you love.