Weaving, Trying to Make Sense of my Time at the Bottom of this Planet, Occasionally Tending our Sisyphaen Patch
by the Goddess of Procrastination and Expert Forgetter
awesome carved piece by your friend! I'm going to show this to my Tim -- it's beautiful! He'll appreciate the artistry here since they're both woodworkers.
I had to come back and say thanks for the link, Meg. His work is truly beautiful -- I wish I were independently wealthy so I could support artists (like you, like Tim Wraight) by purchasing a piece from every artist whose work I admire. Wow! Those artifacts are so beautiful.
Thanks a bunch, Maureen. I was actually thinking of your Tim when I posted this.
Meg, I am in awe how many artists are living in your surroundings. What kind of bread is he creating, baking? (
Merisi, I've been wondering and meaning to ask someone who speaks French whether "boulanger" is the right word - Tim is the one who told me to not weave "bread and butter" (everyday, repeatable pieces at cheaper prices, just generate an income) shawls and tea towels, but go for "cakes". I think I needed the noun for the person who bakes the yummy things in a patiserie - someone who makes all the gateaus; would that be right?
Forgot to tell you, Merisi, that Nelson used to have a very high concentration of practicing artists, but I think that's not necessarily the case this side of 2000 or so because the house prices have shot up and, as you might have guessed, only a very few can live on making art.
---Meg,I realized only now that you had put a question under my comment, sorry: In my understanding a pâtissier is the one who makes pâtisserie, cakes, pastries. Demel here translates pâtissier as confectionary baker (master confectioner). The Viennese call them Zuckerbäcker, sugar baker. ;-)A boulanger, baker, makes bread. I am no authority on French, though. ;-)
Thanks, Merisi. I think Tim is a pâtissier or a Zuckerbäcker rather than a boulanger...
this is lovely.and so is your weaving (I've been browsing...). I like all of it - especially Number 7 (was it?) "Deep" from your show. I love pieces with subtle texture/colours. (and i love those colours especially) Though the things i weave myself often end up getting unnecessarily complicated...I find the things I like best about other peoples' work are often quite different from the things I make myself. Do you find you like other peoples' work better than you like your own? or maybe its just me!i'm busy crotcheting with plastic bags at the moment, but i'm now itching to get back to my loom.
Thank you, Lettuce. I liked your double-weave bags, too. I need to go back all the way in your Niddy Noddy blog because there were some nice textile there. #7, Deep, yes, I'm pleased with that. It's such a simple weave, two-faced twill, and yet, with enough shafts, you could do quite interesting things. For a long time, I based on my preference of other weavers' works on whether I wanted to weave textiles like theirs or not. So I tended to dismiss hand-spun 6DPI natural colors outright, for example, and I wasn't too interested on tapestries and rugs. But it's through looking at paintings and such for ideas that I've come to appreciate all kinds of textile craft, from a child's dress right of a commercial pattern, to almost any kind of weaving. I'm still very keen on fine-ish weaves with drapy hand in the first instance, but I like planning all kinds of techniques with all kinds of material in my head, even if I probably won't get around to making them. I'm still pondering on your point: "I find the things I like best about other peoples' work are often quite different from the things I make myself." I see my work differently from others', that's for sure: I know how it was done technically, I know how it could have been done differently, and the curse of art-making: I know what did go wrong in each piece. So I tend to look at my pieces from a technical perspective, whereas others' works, well, I feel free to look at it anyway I want. So, sometimes it's the color, sometimes it's the hand, sometimes it's just how meticulously it's been created - technical excellence - and sometimes I don't know why I like it, but as an object, it's just lovely, or cute, or sensational. I'm going on a bit, but does anything ring a bell? Enough chatting, Lettuce; get on your loom this week, and show us some more of your work!
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