Sunday, December 27, 2015

Year End Cleanup

Christmas sketching with Santa

It's time to tidy up, a new year offers me a new start and I do like to fritter away a day poking through odds and ends. I tend to get distracted and it's probably time for Santa to move on.

Bus Stop Compliments, 3.5 x 5 inches

I did rediscover a piece I finished this month under the piles and I'm just pleased enough with it that I might even finish it. I wove it for a workshop I'm teaching at Convergence 2016 in Milwaukee. Exciting stuff, more to follow.

But now it's back to sorting, balling up yarn, and wondering what that post-it note really means. I even had a sudden impulse to see if I could create that inspiring studio photo. You know, the one that immediately causes envy?

high end tapestry studio

Didn't work, but I like my selfie. Surely a hand counts for a weaver?

Selfie with Bobbin, 2015

Happy New Year to all!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Donut Man, Part 2

Donut Man, Coptic Style, 3.5 x 5 inches

Finally I cut the warp off one of my pipe looms. My previous post revealed how I seemed to have accumulated 6 warped looms in various degrees of completion.

I'm most excited because the warp I finished has Donut Man, Coptic Style, my new version of the previous sample I did for the Donut Man portrait. I've done more studies for this piece than anything I've ever done, but the explorations might be paying off.

Although I plan a more realistic approach, I was interested in simplifying shapes and values via a group of weavers I admire, the Copts. My aim was to keep the intensity of the eye and see if I could translate the expression. I chose three blue values because the bag of blue yarn was sitting next to me when I started.

An interesting experiment but I think its time to go back to the larger design and work on the setting. I'll keep you posted but it won't be started until fall.

All Are Welcome, 22 x 50 inches

A new loom has been warped (ok, I"m back to 6 again) and I haven't worked on a commission of this size in years, no doubt the subject of a future blog.

Happy Holidays and may you have warps waiting in anticipation for the New Year too...