Friday, October 18, 2013

New Class Schedule

I just put a bunch of new classes on my calendar. Please check under my Teaching Schedule page up top of this blog - so that you can get some on your calendar too!

Here is an update on my tapestry progress as of today. It seems like the Orb is becoming a Vessel.

OK - it's  the boss! I am happy to follow along.

Friday, October 11, 2013

New Classes coming soon

A new session of floor loom weaving will be starting at Woven Art on October 30. It will be 6 weeks, meeting on Wednesdays from 1 to 3:30 p.m. There are already 3 people in the class, with a limit of 6, so if you are interested, please call Woven Art today at 517-203-4467.

I had the great fun of visiting Interlochen this past Wednesday to get a tour of their visual arts facilities for the academy students as well as for the Adult College. I was completely blown away, and want to go live there. It is a place with sandy paths (paved ones too), lots of trees, gentle breezes, practice cabins, and drool worthy studios, extremely well equipped. Art of all media is taken seriously there. The students are visually well nourished, as evidenced by the work I saw in the hallways, on counters, in the studios - everywhere.

I was there to discuss the possibility of some adult fiber arts programming - so now my head is spinning with possibilities. I also need to submit a new schedule of classes to Woven Art.  I am considering another round of intermediate to advanced Rigid Heddle weaving, including Textures and Patterns, Two heddle Weaving, Twill and Waffle, Theo Moorman. I would love some feedback. Dear Readers, what would you like me to teach? When would you like me to teach it?
Here is some inspiration from Guatemala. This is on my dining table, and I love to stare at it while eating breakfast. This was most likely woven on a backstrap loom. I am not going to teach backstrap weaving - but we can get a similar effect on a Rigid Heddle loom with pick up sticks, in a technique called supplemental weft embroidery. 

Last picture: 
Progress on my tapestry. I swear, I didn't see that coming. 

Saturday, October 5, 2013

The tapestry diary

As anyone who has read this blog before, or talks to me *ever*, knows I sold my shop, Woven Art, last July 1. It was, without question, the right time, and very fortunately, to the right person. It is not so much that I was just "done".  I rely strongly on my inner guidance.  The message was strong and clear, even as I tried to ignore it. It was just as strong and clear as it had been 10 years before with the simple message "Open a Yarn Shop!".  This time the message was "Time to move on - your energy is needed elsewhere".  Just where, and doing just what hasn't been clearly revealed to me yet.

So, now for the transition. I immediately set up n.anne design studio as a way to organize a business around teaching, designing and exploring fiber art. Bankers were surprisingly good at hiding their skepticism.  I didn't need to borrow money - but I did need a credit card and a bank account. And I needed a structure.

I listened to myself as I told someone at a party that this is an excellent opportunity for me to really dig in and explore art. My form of  art is currently fiber. There is an awful lot to explore there. The rest of my life will not give me the time to do an in depth study of everything fiber.  I may have to narrow down further. Currently I am taking a close study of Collapse Weaves - by which I mean methods that create movement, texture, and possibly change the shape of fabrics.

Also, I am re-engaging in Tapestry. This is possibly the slowest way to cover up some warp threads.

Third,  I am spinning yarn for both  - overspun yarns can be useful in creating textures and interest in fabrics.  A variety of fine singles yarn can be used bundled together to create deep rich colors in Tapestry.

I believe I have begun a tapestry series, working title: The Tapestry Diaries. I have a start on the first one. I started it on an existing warp of an old experimental tapestry I had abandoned long ago.  My rules are:
Must spin the yarn, or use the tapestry yarn I still have from ages ago.
No thinking!
No tearing back - OK maybe just a little if I notice that I skipped a thread two rows below - but not because of any change of heart. It will be what it will be.
As I weave, I allow the working image to tell me what happens next. It is a little like reading a novel. I suspect what might come next, but I honestly don't know until I get there. I am enjoying this element of surprise.
I believe that in this way, my tapestry will reflect what is happening deep inside - it is a way of listening to, and perhaps calling out that inner guidance that I can't live without.

I am going to be very brave, and show you the first tapestry in progress.

What do you think? No! Don't tell me!