Saturday, February 16, 2008

Waiting for the Sun

While I await the sun so I can go out in the garden, here's the latest weaving, finished yesterday.

Did I mention how much I love the color green?! If I don't have the color green around me, life feels incomplete. I have a selection of woven pieces in one area of my studio, in cool greens, purples, blues and aquas...and another selection in another area in golds, tans, rusts. And a piece like this new one, here, ties them all together for me.

I love shadow weave, as this piece is, in this case, an undulating shadow weave. I also love undulating patterns that snake across a woven field. Shadow weave is a technique of using two different warp and weft threads, usually one light and the other dark, although I prefer to use two similarly-colored yarns with different finishes, like matte and shiny. The yarns are threaded alternately across the loom -- one light, one dark, and so on. And then the piece is woven with alternate picks (weft threads), one light, one dark, and so on, using two shuttles. So you get these patterns that shadow one another. In this piece I used herb tencel and lizard green mercerized cotton. The result is fascinating.

Regarding the similar colors and different finishes, I usually did the exact same thing with my beaded jewelry -- I used bronze metallic beads with bronze-colored matte finished beads, or luster beads, or translucent beads all in similar colors. But when you held the finished piece up to the light, each type of bead would refract light differently so it would look like transparent areas juxtaposed with opaque or shiny metallic areas. Very engaging to the eye. Visual texture. That's what I'm up to in my work, woven or beaded.


Sweet Irene said...

When I still lived in California, I used to wear a large woven wrap around shawl. It was perfect for when the weather was a bit cooler and I always felt that it comforted me in just the right way. I still have it, but here in the Netherlands, I don't have the occasion to wear it. It's laying in my closet and maybe some day I will need that comfort again.

I love things hand made and had a mother who knitted all of my sweaters. I am not so handy myself. I can knit, but I don't know how to read a pattern.

Hand woven things are superior to anything. They are the treasures of the textiles. I absolutely adore them and in another stage of my life have thought about being a weaver, except that I have a very bad shoulder that always hurts.

It's so nice to see the photographs of your finished products, your art. I can really love looking at it.

Connie Rose said...

Always good to hear from you, Irene. Where in California did you live?

I've always felt there was something superior about weaving, too. From very early on, I saw weaving as the height of creativity. I'm glad I finally made my way back to it, just six years ago.

And thank you so much for your ongoing appreciation of my work!