This lovely group of weavers came to visit my studio the other day, and then we proceeded to take in the final day of the Susan Iverson tapestry exhibit at the Fine Arts Center, followed by lunch, and finally a stop at the last day of a group exhibit at Hampton III Gallery, in which some of my work was featured (I love long sentences).
Thank you Patti, for organizing the trip, and for sharing this photo from Hampton III. It was such a lovely day.
It may come as a surprise to some of you that I have been experimenting with what I jokingly call "the dark side," i.e., tapestry weaving. My entire adult life has been a pursuit of complex looms and technical feats, especially computer-assisted jacquard weaving in more recent years. Why then have I migrated to the other side of my brain and embraced tapestry weaving on simple looms? I'm not sure. But it's been an interesting trip. I find that I am totally absorbed in the weaving when I am at the tapestry loom, and time flies by. This is so different from designing for dobby & jacquard, where I am excited by the computerized design phase but not so much by the actual weaving. So far I have been weaving mostly samples of joining techniques.
Much of the pleasure in this new journey comes from the wonderful online teaching of Rebecca Mezoff. Her content rich and technically excellent classes are a treat, and she has a wicked sense of humor besides. I don't know where all this will lead. I don't intend to give up my dobby & jacquard work just yet.
But I'm feeling like a five-year-old with a new toy.