Hey, I’m back! I took a wee break from posting here since I spent the past few weeks on vacation in Canada, and while there I used much needed babysitting time to apply for art related things (shows, grants etc), which as you may know is a lot of work, but really fun too. We just arrived back to the US and, as always after a good chunk of time away, I have entered nesting mode. I spent our whole first day back re-organizing the apartment so I could feel fresh in beginning to plan some upcoming weaving and dyeing installations, as well as posting here again.
Today, as I photographed these wee silk weavings my son Sam who is almost two years old hovered nearby and watched. I said, “These are my weavings.” And he replied, “Beat, beat, beat.” I can’t begin to describe how adorable it was, and what a proud mom I am. He is always so curious when I weave, and of course when I let him sit on my lap he goes for one thing I won’t let him play with, the spring. When it comes time to beat he beats first while singing his little “beat, beat, beat” song. It’s ridiculously cute.
The weavings are thank you gifts. I had a random idea yesterday to finish the back of them with cuttable magnet so I could present them in a frame using sheet metal as a background. It might be more effort than it’s worth, but I am for some reason dead set on making it happen. We’ll see how it looks once I receive all the materials and put it all together.
Each weaving is 1.25 inches wide, woven with cotton warp (dmc embroidery floss), Mirrix hand-dyed silk (and sometimes cotton) weft, and each one has gold weft in there somewhere too (Mirrix’s silk + gold kit is perfect for this project with lots of leftovers). I love how gold thread looks flat in dim light and then comes to life in the light. That characteristic kind of echoes my favorite thing about natural dyes, how they change color in different light conditions.
Tomorrow from 3-7 I am sharing my Mirrix at the Really Really Free Market which is (as posted on Freecycle) “a bazaar & celebration, where capitalist notions of interaction are discarded, and we have fun trying new models of exchange”. It takes place at the Judson Memorial Church Assembly Hall at 239 Thompson Street, near Washington Square Park. I’m excited to share weaving with anyone who wants to learn.
Until next week.