Saturday, October 12, 2013

Double Time

I've been thinking a lot about time lately.  I feel like I don't have enough this semester and I'm constantly feeling hassled by the lack of it.  Each day there are at least two places that I should be - in my studio and at school in the studio.  There is the constant demand to work and there are deadlines attached to everything.  I love my work, but the time aspect is making my nuts.

Ikat Double Weave 1

I have a critique in less than two weeks.  I've been warping my loom at school for at least two weeks.  It should not have taken me this long, but I lacked time to put more hours into school.  Something always came up to prevent me from going in on my non class days.  I worked the three hours between classes on the loom, worked each break I got and still I was no closer to actually weaving.  It was maddening.  I thought about compromising my design and clipping out threads to make my warp smaller, but I threaded on.  And on.  And on.

Ikat doubleweave 4

I felt despair many times during the process, and yesterday as I spent a good five hours in the studio I had a breakthrough.  Suddenly the threading was finished and I'm ready to wind the warp on.  I had preserved and soon I'll be weaving and see my vision come to cloth.

Ikat doubleweave 3

What I love most about weaving is the process.  The winding of yarn, dyeing, designing, warping, weaving and finishing.  All are distinct process unto themselves.  All are time consuming and all are important.  Somewhere during a weaving project you meet yourself amongst the strings.

Ikat doubleweave 2

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