Monday, November 30, 2009

"Piece de Resistance" far

Wow I know its been quite a while, but as you will see below I have been very busy.  I finished up the semester with a rather large weaving: 9'x3'!!  There were several concepts involved, but the overall goal was to embed meaning into the weaving, weather that takes place through materials, memories, or space. My favorite part was weaving with the 16mm vintage movie film.  When I ordered it on Ebay, I had no idea what images would be on it.  As luck would have it, it's a home movie of small children!! Perfect for woven memories! Other materials I used were fishing line, floral wire, welding wire, my grandfather's tie, copper and Plexiglas rods, plastic grocery bags, which I fashioned into yarn--or "plarn," hardware cloth, and a wooden dowel.  The first image gives a sense of the size of the work.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

the first construct

Just a quick note....after some inspiration from fiber artist Janet Echelman, I created this crazy woven construct  from floral wire and some very bumpy yarn.

Soft and structural.
Enclosed and open. 
Opaque and translucent.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

and so she shall weave...

After quite a battle with the fishing line, I finally got the warp  in place, all 12 feet of it!!  The fishing line put up quite a fight when I was trying onto the front and back apron rods.  (K)not staying put is the best thing that it does.  Also it obviously doesn't stretch similarly to the wool yarn, so that is making a difference in the tension I am trying to maintain.  Despite these difficulties I think it was a really great choice to use something with such a similar form but from a completely different origin as the wool. The purpose of this weaving is to express embedded meaning, communication, and memories.  As the current state and appearance of the wool yarn still give reference to the sheep that it came from.  I didn't shear the sheep, but most people are familiar with the shearing process and then the process in which raw wool is spun into yarn.  Physical properties of wool  traditionally denote warmth, comfort, protection, and softness.  All of these qualities in some form are all present in the yarn and are more apparent as I weave them into cloth.  The fishing line is a completely different ball of wax.  Other than being made from petroleum, I know next to nothing about what chemical processes and procedues are required to create the product.  Furthermore, it is traditionally used as part of a recreational activity, is transparent , and spends a lot of time being wet....a long way from the loom.  Essentially its in foreign territory, so lets put it to the test!!  What can and can't it do?  So far, all it wants to do is roll back up on the spool it came on...argh. But alas, we must listen to the materials!  Oh and I've got some old 16mm movie film on the way.  Nice!!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Julia and thanks!

I just wanted to thank my Aunt who sent me the link to the most amazing textile artist, Julia Sherman.  As I am still contemplating what architectural links I can draw from weaving to create my woven artifact, Julia's Cone of Power and also her Room a Loom works have been extremely influential.  As a community weaving/building experiment, I am considering conducting my own version of a room-wide weaving next semester. 

Its about time!  After a lengthy blog hiatus due to the Black Mountain Conference and also beginning my thesis written document,--which is already 50 pages--I have begun a new piece.  I am going big or going home on this one, as the dimensions are 3'x12'.  After suggestions from my mid-term presentation and thinking about my previous smaller pieces, the techniques and different elements I am investigating deserve to be bold.  The warp is made up of natural wool and also monofilament fishing line. I measured out about 1500 yards of wool and fishing line thus far.  As expected the wool is easy to work with despite the length.  The fishing line however is another story.  Fibrous materials (most of them) in weaving are frozen in tension, creating the overall balance of the work.  The materials have a memory of their previous state and create tension as they attempt to revert to this state.  Lets just say fishing line is very stubborn or very lazy, I'm not sure which yet.   Its been doing everything but cooperate, but I am hoping that once I get it tied on, that things will come together.  This weaving is definitely about letting the materials dictate what the weaving should look like, based on their capacities or in abilities to revert to that previous state.  I will also be integrating some rolled hardware cloth to create voids in the warp and investigate if this could be a habitable architectural space.  Things that will be woven: wool yarn, fishing line, welding wire, floral wire, zip ties, and plastic bags.  I am looking into old 35 mm film, pantyhose, and a mule tape, a wire pulling material called mule tape.  Keep you posted! ciao!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Halfway there and not slowing down!

I've been so busy preparing for my Thesis 1 Mid-Term presentation (today) and also the Black Mountain Conference this weekend, that I haven't been very religious with postings lately.  Reviews today of my work went very well and I am posting a picture of what the pin up looked like.  It's hard to believe that I am 25% done with the entire thesis project.  I will be presenting the same work weekend at the BMC conference.  I will be back next Tuesday and am looking forward to starting a new project and blogging more about it.  Materials on the list: zip ties, fishing line, welding wire, and other thin gauge metal.  Its going to get good!  Now its time for a nap! ;)

Thursday, September 24, 2009

the goods

A few photos of the fun equipment and materials that I have been playing with.  I'm kind of obsessed with the bobbin winder ;)