Thursday, September 22, 2011

They're Not as Bad as they Look

Well, some days are bad, but in general these are preventive, to stop me from rushing around doing housework, gardening, and sneak-weaving.  At least they slow me down.  A little.  And the new black one is so much more comfortable and yet restrictive, it was worth the investment. 

I'm frustrated I haven't learned how to live with this, and I'm sick of  being ignorant.  I even reminisced that with depression the physical lethargy matches the mental, but no, this is more tolerable than that.

I went into town Tuesday so I wouldn't do much harm,and as a result I felt great yesterday and pretty much lead a normal life.  Naughty.  I even gardened for an hour, but by last night I was regretting that. Ben told me I cannot garden today, so I've been mapping out my projects for the foreseeable future and trying to memorize the time line; it's not just about weaving and submitting, but planning Festival-related tasks, and my Philosophy professor and the Mrs coming to visit from Minnesota in February.  I haven't seen him since January 1982, I think. 

I've been taking my mind out for walks to help plan what to make to submit.  One of the things I had intended to revisit was Geodyne's P2P2 piece; I was most interested in the weave structure, but once I looked at the linked draft more closely, I realized the cloth is far more complex because of her weft variety/choices.  Geo also directed me to this Weavezine article by Bonnie Inouye, which lead me to a pleasant afternoon in Bonnie-land.  I still require multiple readings of her texts to grasp the scope of possibilities she discusses, but one of the great things about being exposed to Bonnie's thinking is I am reminded every time that, even putting aside colors and textures for a moment, there is so much I can do with threading, tie-up and treadling.  And in the style of curves she discusses in the article, a foot loom (or a table loom if I can be bothered) gives so much more freedom to design as I weave.  I am thinking of a sampling warp on 4-shafts to play with before I commit to a pre-planned treadling on the computer-controlled.

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