I want to weave, again, one of my samples in straight draw because I think it's an OK looking one, then rethread and weave one more before moving on to the next chapter, which is to use more than two blocks.
The design part was a laugh a minute, (including snorting at that passage), and she gave me a whole heap of ideas to extend my understanding of the chapter. In particular, she recommended I do more on the theme of "putting a price on art". But this puzzles me; the joy of making that piece was while I looked at the frottage on hand, the idea sprung out of nowhere and it was pasted together instantly. If I know what the theme is, my mode of operation would change. So how do I keep the spontaneity (and the fun) and still work to a theme? So far the only plan is to gather lots of attractive "stuff" in a box and not worry about assembling them until later, and I'll augment, but won't go actively looking for, material to suit the theme. Any other ideas?
Here are her other suggestions:
- Play with setts, mixed (color and/or fiber) warps, use these as design features.
- With more blocks, don't just think about showing only distinctive blocks, e.g. have two behave the same in some parts, and differently in others.
- Consider unity with variety, asymmetry, irregularities.
- Express same themes using different methods, or combinations.
- Use also technology, i.e. scan my frottage, then pixilate, change colors, etc.
- Use different media for rubbing.
- Consider the shapes and the cut edges of the collage pieces.
- Transfer what I'm learning about designs into my samples.
She also mentioned that colors work differently in weaving (which I knew) and glass (which I didn't). I'm curious to know more. Which conveniently leads to my evening.
Last night Rosie and I went to a presentation on English art and cut glass from the 18th and 19th century, mostly from Stourbridge. I had never thought of glass from England, so it was interesting to see them, particularly the opaque kind. There was an example of a Roman pot in the British museum estimated to have been from 0-50 CE, a cameo of white glass over a dark blue base. There was a prize for recreating this piece in the 1800s and a young apprentice was inspired to start working on it when he was 9; he eventually succeeded and this brought back cameo into fashion. In return, nobody is able to recreate the delicate pictorial cut glass designs made in the 1800.
Winter sprung back overnight. The hills are covered by a fresh dump of snow. My basement sounds good on a day like this.