Hey there, Janna here with a few updates as to where I’m at on my Mirrix blogging journey. It’s coming to an end here soon so I wanted to tie up a few lose ends (no pun intended). Since I have been using my loom for skill-shares lately (and I have been doing a lot of those) I haven’t had access to it to weave my own pieces. Right now in my practice sharing the art form is just as pertinent as practicing it, so I’m not complaining what-so-ever. I do hope that I can do another piece to share before I’m done blogging here though.
The first thing I wanted to mention goes right back to my first month blogging here when I did the series of posts about the history of tapestry in relation to painting and Jean Lurcat’s thoughts on it. I’ve recently reposted the series as one post with footnotes and citations over at the Everlea Blog. I always intended on sharing those extra tidbits with you but I didn’t think it would take so long, my apologies.
Below is the twill piece that I thought I would be inserting into the leather laptop case I’ve been dreaming up. That job has been transferred to the rust weaving instead, and last night I spent a couple of hours cutting up and photographing the twill with the rocks I was working with earlier last year. I’m not sure where I’m going with it, but I’m excited to have found something to do with the twill – it just wasn’t doing it for me as in its former form. It’s in part because I didn’t sew the slits before wetting it, so the slit edges wanted the curl in and just didn’t look clean even after being sewn. I have to say it really bugged me. So naturally I took scissors to it, haha. To avoid having to sew the edges I hand-washed and dried it three more times before cutting into it. I think that if the pieces are not handled a whole lot that they are safe from fraying too much. Below are a few arrangements that I thought were fun, and I’m really glad to be returning to my dad’s rocks.
The next thing I want to share quickly is the wool tapestry with silk shag, my first tapestry on my Mirrix. It has had a few haircuts and I haven’t shared the most recent so I thought it would be fun to show its progression including the final version.
Finally, I want to share that I recently received the American Tapestry Alliance Emerge award which grants me Studio Circle Membership to the organization for one year! As part of my receiving it I am thrilled to be volunteering as part of the exhibition committee. So, if anyone out there knows of any galleries or museums in the USA that you could imagine any of the ATA shows taking place in let me know and we’ll look into it, janna (at) vancouveryarn (dot) com