Saturday, July 1, 2017

Blocking Day!



I am FINALLY getting around to blocking this tapestry, and getting it ready to hang! I still have to add some 'guitar strings,' which may be actual guitar strings or, more likely, gold thread (as it will be more flexible, and less likely to damage the fiber over time.) I still haven't decided whether I'll mount this to a frame, as I usually do with a tapestry this size (18"x18") or line it and let it hang loosely from a hanging board. It is so much more economical to ship a rolled tapestry! And I am finding myself needing to be more aware of economics these days.

If you'd like to see my entire blocking method, go here

The working title for this tapestry is "She's A Little Bit Country."

I am making very   s  l  o  w  progress on the tapestry on the loom, but, Hey!, tapestry is all about slow, isn't it?!

Friday, June 9, 2017

A message from my loom:



More work on the 'Graffiti' tapestry.


This week the 'Time Warp... and Weft: Woven Works' exhibit opens at the Lyndon House Arts Center in Athens, GA. If you are in that area of the country, consider yourself invited to attend! There is an Opening Reception on Thursday, June 15 from 6-8 p.m.  Several of the artists will be there. I will be there in spirit! The exhibit includes all 12 of my Calendar Tapestries.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Graffiti!


I have begun the large 'Graffiti!' tapestry, and am hoping to have it completed by the end of the summer. That will require a LOT of studio time, and we have a number of things going on in our family that may prevent me from meeting this goal, but I've not abandoned it yet, anyway.


It will be about 24"x36", with the width being 36". So far, I have about 4 inches woven across. Here are a few detail shots of what I've done to date.


I am also continuing to try to sketch, though that is not something I can do everyday now either. I usually post my occasional sketches on Instagram, so you can follow me there if you'd like to see those.

Right now, I am excited that the "Time Warp... and Weft" exhibit will be opening in Athens, GA next week! All of my Calendar Series tapestries are there, with the amazing work of fellow weavers Tommye Scanlin, Janet Austen, Janette Meetze, Rebecca Mezoff, and Geri Forker. If you happen to get to see the exhibit, please leave me a comment or email me to let me know, as I cannot leave home right now to attend.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Time Warp.. and Weft exhibit and article...


I just got my copy of the summer issue of 'Shuttle, Spindle, and Dyepot,'  the Handweaver's Guild of America magazine. In it is a great article, written by Tommye Scanlin (THANK YOU, TOMMYE!) about the "Time Warp and Weft' exhibit that was held in Kansas at the end of last year, and will open in Georgia in June.


The exhibit will showcase the time-related works of Geri Forkner, Janette Meetze, Janet Austin, Tommye Scanlin, Rebecca Mezoff, and myself (listed in the order that the photos from the article are shown.)

I won't get to attend the exhibit in Georgia, unless my summer plans change, but it was a well attended and much loved exhibit in Kansas! My twelve Calendar Series tapestries will all be together there, and I feel so blessed to have a place to show them altogether again. It probably will not happen after this, as they are now for sale, and several are already spoken for.

If you get a chance to read the article or see the exhibit, let me know what you think! Six artists have woven their lives into the work to be shown there, and that is definitely the feeling that viewing this show evokes.

"Time Warp... and Weft" exhibit,  Lyndon House Arts Center, Athens, Georgia,   opening June 15, 2017.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Busy Days....


I have spent most of the past couple of weeks away from home, spending time with my sons and their families. The time included climbing gyms, soccer games, track practice, a granddaughter singing the national anthem at a pro-baseball game, a gourmet brunch, a menagerie of grand-pets, and a Matisse exhibit at the Boston MFA.


The Matisse exhibit is called 'Matisse in the Studio,' and it includes not only an amazing collection of Matisse's works, but the objects from his studio that inspired him.  Photos were allowed, so I shot photos of several of his wallhangings (he was a collector of fiber from all over the world,) several chairs and side tables, a beautiful turquoise vase that he included in a number of paintings, and his cocoa pots, which were also frequently painted.

From these photos, I did my own sketch in my sketchbook (below.) Even though I wasn't looking at his paintings as I sketched, it is obvious that Matisse has a firm hold in my brain! I was surprised at how much my little sketch of his objects said 'Matisse!'


I love the Boston MFA! I especially love the American wing and the Impressionists, so I spent some time there with my old friends. The Museum also had a special exhibit by their local favorite author, Robert McCluskey, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of his book set in Boston, Make Way For Ducklings. The exhibit was wonderful, and I discovered several of his books I hadn't read!


In addition, I hadn't seen the Museum's new piece by Dale Chihuly, an amazing glass 'plant' that is three stories high, and set in a place where the sun shines through it, making it glow. Truly lovely!


Now that I am back home, my empty loom is taunting me. It is especially calling to me because I have had the design for my next tapestry in my head for such a long time - since the night the election results came in, in fact. So, this morning, I got it out of my head, into the computer, and printed out to be taped together in cartoon form. Here it is (15 sheets of standard sized paper) laid out to be taped. The tapestry will be the largest one I've woven in quite some time. It will be 32" wide, by about 24" high. I am looking forward to rewarping the loom after I clean the studio today, and getting back to my Work. All play and no work can only go on so long.


Yesterday, I spent the day (and a LOT of money) packing and shipping all of my Calendar Series Tapestries to Georgia for the 'Time Warp... and Weft' exhibit that will be there this summer. I will let you know more about that very soon.... but, if you are in that part of the world, start making plans to go see it!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Spring Stuff....


I decided to get me one of the small Hokett looms that everyone is weaving on. It is the 'medium' size, about 7"x7". I did this small woven 'sketch' on it to try it out. It was a bit awkward following a cartoon on it, so I would actually recommend the larger size, if you are considering getting one. The weaving itself is about 4"x4".


I started a 30-day challenge on the Sktchy app, doing a sketch each day in April, with challenge prompts. This is the sketch I did today, based on the photo of this man, with a Matisse painting I put in because I am looking forward to going to the Matisse exhibit at the Boston MFA next week. I also printed, in a childlike way, a poem I love and have saved in my Matisse book for many years.



My husband and I go every spring to see this Great Horned Owl on her nest on a nearby walking trail. We went yesterday and will go again in a few weeks to see the baby owls, usually there are two of them. In addition, the Western Screech Owl that has always lived in our neighborhood has moved into a nesting box our neighbors put up in our yard. We may have some owlets of our own this year!


I saw on Facebook that today is 'National Doggie Daycare Day.' (Without Facebook, who would even know there were such days?!) So I'm posting this photo I took out the window. These two women have a dog-walking and day care business a few blocks from our house. They walk by with a dozen or more extremely well behaved dogs several times a day. Booker would not be allowed to go there, I'm sure. These dogs always walk behind them, respond to directions, and never bicker among themselves. They also don't stop and sniff at every bush and blade of grass. I've watched the women train dogs to be admitted to their 'pack,' and they are so patient! They never yell or punish. They just repeat instructions until the dog 'gets it.'

Much to do today... as is the case every day. Remember those lovely spring days of childhood, when you could lie under a tree (or climb up in one, as I used to do) with a good library book, and be there until the book was finished? Where did those days go?

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Yee-Haw!


Today I finished weaving this tapestry, which has been on my loom since last fall, and I cut it off the loom! This used up the last of the warp on my loom. So now begins the finishing work on this tapestry, and the beginning work for the next one! Finishing will include trimming weft threads, sewing slits, adding the guitar 'strings' (I'm still debating about what that will require,) blocking, preparing a frame mount, and mounting the tapestry to hang. The 'beginning' of the next one will include cleaning my studio, rewarping the loom, choosing weft yarns, and finishing the maquette (design) and the cartoon. So I clearly do not have my work completed, even though I cut the tapestry from the loom.

The working title for this tapestry has been "A Little Bit Country." I don't know if that title will stick, or if it will change. But for now, she is resting on my dining table for a day or so, awaiting her completion!