Learning the Importance of Color
I have recently started taking Rebecca Mezoff’s Color Gradation Techniques course online with my Mirrix loom and I am learning so much! Usually I run to my fiber closet, pick out my favorite colors I would like to use in my project and off to the loom I go. Not this time!
I am learning the importance of color choices and how they blend and interact with each another. I’m looking at a little tool called “The Color Wheel” (imagine that!) It is particularly helpful in weaving Tapestry and how color can affect your design. I have decided to take my time while weaving my class sample, to soak in as much weaving knowledge as I can and try to understand just exactly what is happening with each and every woven row. There was a quote by an incredible Tapestry Weaver named Sylvia Heyden and it has always stuck with me, “Tapestry is a process, every weaver has to do the work ~ it can take a whole lifetime.” That is a definitely true statement when it comes to learning how colors, textures and fibers interact with each other. Her words ring true each time I sit down to my loom to weave.
When I received my Spencer Treadle, I wasn’t quite sure how it was going to make my weaving life so much easier, but I have come to rely on it’s quick and efficient dependability. I didn’t realize the impact it would have on me while sitting and weaving for hours; that is where it can especially make the difference! I am not spending the time to change shed with my hand anymore; my feet gently get into a rhythm along with my weaving and I just keep moving along! I encourage you to try one out … seek out a weaving friend who owns one and just give it a try, you will be hooked for sure
I am learning that color is a gift! I am learning to look at the world around me and I am inspired by all that I see! I am learning to really SEE color and observe it. You say look at the purple, but do you really take the time see the many hues there are for just one color? Even in my weaving palette, there are so many shades of purple, I find it hard to choose sometimes. I am even learning to separate a two stranded piece of yarn, and blend it with another shade of color, making an even more gradation of color. All of this adds dimension and beauty to my woven piece. Take a look in nature, color is everywhere. This plant I found in my son’s front yard, with one tiny little rose in front, it inspired me to choose the colors I am now using in my sample piece. I get excited just thinking about how color connects and inspires us. Thanks to Rebecca, for I am learning so much about fiber and color … what an adventure I am on!
This Tapestry journey is never ending … if we do this the right way … we will never stop learning and growing as artists! I have been a Watercolor Artist for a very long time and I am always surprised at it’s beauty and unpredictability. I believe I can say that as a Tapestry artist as well. Perhaps that is why my two art passions go hand in hand with each other, one feeds the other. Tapestry is about learning, it is about being patient, it is about touch and feel, expecting the unexpected, it is about the process and what it takes to get us to the finished piece, it is about inspiration and calming ourselves down enough to see the beauty that is all around us. There is so much color in nature, our weaving palettes will never run dry, if only we will take the time to look and see. So I encourage you, YES to get out of your studio from time to time, and spend quality time in nature. You may find the inspiration for your next woven piece! Here is a glimpse of my next little tapestry:
So for now I will continue my course with Rebecca and keep weaving away; always hoping to learn new weaving insights along the way. My journal is filling up with scribbles and ideas for what I want to create next on my Mirrix. I’ve had two online friends recently purchase new Mirrix looms for themselves and all I can say to them is welcome to our weaving family!
So here is a little fun I created for this post … where Tapestry and Watercolor collide! Hope you enjoy it: