It took seven and a half intense hours in the studio- about six of actual weaving, interspersed with refreshment and back stretching breaks - but I have finished the rach of goder (restorer). I did have to do a bit of unweaving and reblending to make the streaks look right, but that will stand me in good stead for the next character.
I should get to the top of the rach by the end of today. Blending the very subtly different blue wefts is most enjoyable, and I have found a way of interlocking with the background which means no stitching. Hoorah! I was the final speaker last evening, but they were all still awake (and sober) and it seemed to go well - they laughed in the right places! It was good to hear and see about other artists' spaces and creative practice - and to find what we have in common - procrastination and studio envy but the urge to make work which overcomes both of these. Today's treat will be to read 'Weaving as Metaphor', the Sheila Hicks exhibition catalogue with an essay by Arthur Danto. It is almost impossible to get hold of, so I am very grateful to WD library for borrowing it on an inter library loan. I have it until June 8th, so will immerse myself in it until then. It is one of those books which has lovely content and sumptuous paper with rough edges to the pages. A pleasure to handle. I want to make some books as some of the smaller works for the exhibition. Books and tiny tapestries in packages. I did some of the latter for my MFA show but it is a theme not yet exhausted in my imagination. Time to finish my tea and get to the studio........
Tomorrow evening 6pm - 8pm I am taking part in a Pecha Kucha night at Pallant House Gallery, one of several artists talking about our studio spaces. Seven minutes and twenty images each. Should be fun!
"I like to escape the tyranny of the rectangle and to take tapestry off the wall.
I make woven sculptures influenced by monolithic standing stones, burial rituals, stone surfaces and offerings.
The structures - both large and small - are placed or buried in the landscape as a response to ideas about the Incarnation; 'verbum caro factum est'; 'the Word became flesh'."
I do also make more conventional tapestries, prints and mixed media pieces with objects I find on my long walks with the doglet. Crochet, knitting and sewing are also often to be found in my hands.