December already. Can you believe it? I'm working away on a few things...still working on the weaving classes redesign. I'm excited about the changes and also about offering a few weaving afternoons in my studio.
I'm continue to explore this technique pictured above. I'm calling them woven meditations. The intention of these new pieces is to create without attachments and let the materials and techniques take over. So basically to work intuitively which is basically how I've always worked but now I'm putting it into words.
As part of my mediation process in the studio (because I've come to realize that it's all about calming my chatty mind), I often take yarn/thread/materials and place them in bundles and tie a knot. I'm working on translating that into wall art.
I'm in the middle of redesigning both of my weaving classes (101 and 102). And I'm also thinking of adding an almost monthly weaving night or weekend afternoon at my studio. I would like people who take my classes to continue their weaving practice and I thought that opening up my studio once a month may be a way of doing that. The looms would be prepared and the student would just come and weave. I would review any technique that they don't quite remember This one off class would also be open to those who have no weaving experience as well.
I realized this week I didn't take a whole lot of pictures for myself. I took a lot of pictures for a client so I'm reserving the best for them. It's been a good week, productive and full of awesome podcasts. I'm thankful everyday that I get to spend my time in the studio working.
There is still beautiful light streaming into the studio.
I just want to say a quick thank you for visiting my visual blog. I am really enjoying this format of sharing pictures.
I had a bit of a break through in the studio this week...like a download of information, about my work and what it means. I'm excited to explore it further. It wasn't without struggle though, I wove a weaving that I completely detested but with that weaving it reiterated what my focus is and brought me back into alignment.
One of the things I'm enjoying about this visual blog project is observing the difference in natural light at the studio. I had a lot of sun streaming in which was beautiful but made it hard to weave as it was quite blinding. This is not a complaint.
For those who don't know me, I share studio space with a very talented floral design (Forage & Bloom) so there is always beautiful plant life hanging around the studio. On the right, a little experiment that I'm eager to explore further.
The colour palette for a new commission. My love for grey runs deep and has for many years. Although I don't work with grey very often in my own work anymore, I still am drawn to the grey scale and feel that it will make an appearance again.
The loom is all warped for a new commission. The studio walls are full but not for long. Many of those weavings will be on display at The Garden in Strathecona for a couple of months.
This series was previously on display at The Roundhouse as part of a group textile show organized by local tapestry artist (and a mentor of mine) Ruth Jones. It's been nice having them in the studio. This series has marked a shift in my personal work and I'm eager to continue exploring. This new work is really like woven meditations for me.
Always piles of things around the studio as I try to figure out how to organize things.