Sunday, October 16, 2016

Coffee Conversations

I just completed the finishing on a series of tiny faces and I'm feeling mighty proud. When you get from this...

to this
Coffee Conversation No. 2, 6 x 6 inches mounted

it's an accomplishment.

I like this group of people, they share a common story (they like coffee).

It all started with a trip to the coffee shop one very hot day this past summer (coffee drinkers without AC need to travel for their morning cup). I brought my sketchbook of course and spent more time drawing than drinking. My experience is, no one notices.

You get very good at cell phone and laptop poses and begin to wonder if there really were any conversations but be patient, they happen.

Later I chose the ones I was most intrigued with and drew them again, this time with a big black crayon, one of my favorite tools (no erasing there). I had used my acute eavesdropping skills to flesh out the stories of these people...with a bit of poetic license of course.

oh those 3/4 faces in weaving, so tricky when small...

I have to say my first was one of my favorites, this woman ordered iced coffee to go. Trust me, it was hot outside.

As always on the pipe loom, 10 epi and 3 1/2 inches wide

The final piece in the series of 5 came back to wedge weave (yes indeed Connie Lippert). There was a lot of action that day, the perfect opportunity for a bit of wedge weave.

I used to do far more tiny faces years ago and it was such a pleasure to return to that practice. The connection to my drawing makes it even better, the stories of each person a bit richer.

Winter is a few months away. I wonder what a trip to the coffee shop will look like then?


  1. Thanks Ellen, I tend to spend a lot of time at coffee shops, so why not take advantage of it?

  2. Your faces make my day, Ruth. There is nothing else like them.

  3. Wonderful! Enjoy your people and
    the life you give to them....

  4. Thanks Laura and Janie - I do get rather wrapped up in stories...lately I've been working on ideas from the substitute teaching I do - now there's a rich vein to mine...

  5. A quote from Margaret Atwood, "In the end, we all become stories." Delightfully you tell their stories in your weaving.

  6. How nice to remind me of Atwood, I so admire her...a morning's worth of stories in a coffee shop offers quite bit of fodder. Good thing I've developed a high level of eavesdropping skills....