Monday, October 20, 2008

Does Good Weaving Have To Hurt? Part 1: Where I Am Now

Comments here and here and subsequent discussions prompted me to write this:
In the three color/painting courses, and my figure drawing course, I've been learning about the artist's ability to (try to) draw the viewers' attention to certain parts/aspects of a work. I had thought previously that that was strictly a compositional thing, but I learned that you can also do this with color composition.

For example, if I had an orange-red or a slightly burned red, I could potentially include that in the raincoat blues and greens to make this a tad zingier; just a bit "special occasion" than an everyday scarf. And I suspect that kind of manipulation/consideration on the artists' part could be the difference between weaving a pretty piece and a really satisfying deep-breath-afterwards kind of a scarf. I'm also picking this up by reading and studying Connie Rose's work, and how individual each one is.
Which in turn lead me to these thoughts:

1) I'm unhappy with this warp because I know I should have experimented with a bit of zing, and I feel guilty not having done so.

2) I've been looking at the raincoat colors for a year now and I have more than enough ideas in my head and on my notebooks.

3) I feel a "Let me explain" mood coming, summarizing thoughts around this issue, but this week is make-or-break week with the wall and the scholarship application.

4) On the other hand, this series of posts could help me in making clearer what I need to write on the application.

So.... 5) I'm going to sleep on it, and try to post if I can while work on the application as well - if not, I'll pick up this thread in November.

Honestly, I'm a tad creeped out by Mabel just now. And I'm hurting because the pick problem in Scarf 1 was grater than I had thought yesterday. Yikes.

5 comments:

  1. That's why you're considering the bright warp, isn't it....you're delightfully overcompensating with zing! :P

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  2. It was kind of interesting. I was looking at my 20/2 cottons, and disregarding anything I've done in the past, I just chose cones I wouldn't normally consider mixing in the warp, and bang bang, rearranged them in a matter of seconds.

    Maybe not thinking is the key, Geodyne.

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  3. But then Dave asks me about wefts. Good lord, I hadn't thought that far!!!

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  4. Instinct is a really healthy thing!

    So...what colours are you going to use in the weft?

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  5. I'll think about it if I survive this scholarship mess. I'm on autodrive, making up one drab-looking CV in B&W just now. Don't tempt me.

    I HATE WORD 2007 - IT TAKES THREE, FOUR AND FIVE TIMES AS LONG TO FIND FUNCTIONS THAT WERE SECOND-NATURE FOR SO LONG!!!

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