This is a two part post. It didn’t seem appropriate to put the first post with this post. The first post is about James Koehler and other losses. This post is about my life and times in the studio and trying to keep it all together.
This Dog is done. I am ready to start my next piece.I thought I would never finish this piece. It’s only 5 by 7 inches, but it took me way too long to weave and way to many start overs. Last time I wrote my blog I was just tearing out some out of sync soumack. It’s gone and I don’t think I am going to add the lines back. Makes me feel very omnipotent. I just wiped out a whole town on Lolo Pass without a passing thought of guilt only relief.
I have already photographed and sent it into a juried show that I am sick of entering. It’s always something with them and me. My only disappointment in this piece is– Again, I have woven something that is almost impossible to photograph. Mixing colours such as orange and blue, yellow and purples and of course greens and reds grey out in photo’s badly.I love the complementary contrast and the contrast of warm and cool colours within a given colour especially in a weft bundle. In person the weaving creates an active soft active grey from a distance that you can still see the individual colours in the optical blends, but disappear in a photo.
On top of that I may have just tied up several pieces that I really need for a group show in June. Now I need to weave double time if I am to have enough pieces for those shows I do want to enter. I seem to be such a glutton for punishment.
Now I am really kicking myself and wondering at my mind set. I keep asking myself how many times do I really need to be in this particular show. By the time I thought it through I had already photographed and sent Dog into a juried show that I am sick of entering without thinking it through. It’s always something with them and me.
After the last 2-3 years of fiasco, why did I enter? There is always a problem when I enter this show, which at this point will remain nameless. Again, it boils down to why does one enter shows and getting ones ego involved. Much better to think of it as a game-win some loose some. I get in to this particular show, but something always happens or goes wrong-bad advice from their office, damaged frames in transit, lost work, CD’s that won’t open, bad colour in their magazine, not publishing all entries, their policy of a piece never having been published anywhere, won prizes and then been disqualified, etc., etc., etc., etc.
And, finally, Et Al. I have been in it 14 possibly more times in the last 20 years or so. I keep telling myself that I am going to re-think why and the logic for my entering this exhibit every year, but always forget until too late.
OOPS!!! I am ranting again-so sorry! Need a disclaimer! I am turning into such a grouchy old lady.
OOPS!!! I am ranting again-so sorry! Need another disclaimer!
|Camellias in bloom|
|detail of Camellia|
|Peachy coloured Camellias|
|Mayflower slightly different|
I am excited about the new piece I am beginning. It’s a dog-not a mental dog, but an actual dog-Chene. It’s the first time I have woven an animal since I was at OSAC in 1979 and wove a frog from the unicorn tapestries. I am not even sure that counts. It was copied from and not original. Occasionally, I Wish I had a picture, but I sold the tapestry in 1980 to buy more wool for the next tapestry
and in reality I hope it never resurfaces. It was so long ago and I so needed to learn so much more.
I have woven a face-human- and 3 caricatures of faces from several time periods and a Portrait of Pat from a shared project.
|Mary of the little dark cloud|
|Same Old Same Old|
|Portrait of Pat|
That I haven’t done more animals and faces is really rather odd because I began as a cartoonist and was always in trouble for my caricatures of -well-people I shouldn’t have been drawing caricatures of doing not very polite things. Basically what one would expect from a teenager-so its been awhile. – way before I knew about tapestry other then needlepoint and embroidery.
|If Mary could have….?|
The word cartoon according to Wikipedia-“The original meaning was in fine art of the late Middle Ages and Renaissance, where it referred to a preparatory drawing for a piece of art, such as a painting or tapestry. In the 19th century, it came to refer to humorous illustrations in magazines and newspapers, and in the early 20th century it was sometimes used to refer to comic strips.. In more modern usage, it commonly refers to animated programs for television and other motion-picture media.”
|Cartoon 5 by 7 inches|
Two photos of Chene
that I combined
to make a cartoon
I have been fascinated with the idea of weaving a dog after seeing tapestries by Kathy Spoering and a Tapestry by Ruth Jones that was in an ATA Bienale a few years ago. Ruth Jones was based on a design of a dog in a millefleur and, of course, Dogs are all through historical tapestries…The main difference I see in weaving a Dog and what I normally weave is it has to look like a dog. Everyone knows what a dog looks like and you can’t fudge it. Unless you can convince the world that your really working in abstract or an impressionistic styles. But, Somehow I don”t see Chene as a cubist dog.
Videos: The Care and Feeding of Bobbins-5 short videos with video 4 being in two sections. SO there are really 6-4 has a b section.
Pat (Spark)an I have been doing something that really fascinates me. Well, parts of it does. Pat is so meticulously patient with the process and getting better everyday with the process. BUT, there is so much to learn and search out just in the doing. The process of Pat’s doing is fun to watch, but I think the skill of using the program is more then I can do, which is one of the reasons of many that Pat is such a good business partner for me. She has her stuff and I have my stuff that I do.
We have been working on a series of 5-maybe 6 short video’s about the care and feeding of bobbins. The reason they are 5 or 6 and not 1 is that Pat noticed that anything over 5 minutes in length creates a certain ennui in the watcher and can be difficult to download depending on dial up connections and computers timing out in when downloading. I find the process fascinating both personally and technically. I enjoy watching Pat edit the videos, because it looks and sounds like magic.
On a personal level it’s interesting too and sometimes frustrating to realize that I have fallen into some very lazy speech patterns using words like okay, that, this, and okay as an affirmative that whatever was done was understood. It’s also interesting to see and hear how ones teachings might be perceived by others and seeing all of the ways and things that one should be doing better. So my goal is to stop using the word okay and do things a little more audiovisually for those that I teach that learn audiovisual. Which is really hard/challenging-okay?(gr)
Pat has/is downloading the videos to Facebook on her channel at Care and Feeding of Bobbinshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDQOVW07_TM to which a person can subscribe. We will be linking the videos to the FFP blog and this blog to the videos. Tommye Scanlin and Pat Williams are embedding them into their tapestry share blog at http://tapestryshare.blogspot.com. Hopefully they will pick up and embedd the next 3.
|My Dad/ Grandpa Todd|
Lately, I have been thinking a lot about rituals and ritual behaviour in weaving and life in general. . I have always considered myself a spur of the moment type of person. After the last year or so dealing with the older people in my life I have realized that I am not. When I weave and begin to weave I follow the same process. Cup of tea, butting Chene in his basket with a chew thingy, straightening threads and bobbins, check warp tensioning, laying out threads for the space I am weaving, placing tools in order, cutting ends from the day before, and a few minutes of only looking at what I did before and then I weave. If I don’t do this before I weave I feel disjointed and out of step and am more prone to choosing the wrong colours or just not interpreting the cartoon correctly. Ritual behaviour is not a bad thing over times many of our rituals become by rote and give one a sense of safety and a place where things are right or feel right. In watching my Dad as ages and forgets things I have noticed that those things he does well follow a ritual. When he shops , drives, fixes a meal, or takes his medication if I interfere with the ritual he becomes confused and disjointed and forgetful and closes down. Edith and Marge were both the same way as long as I didn’t interrupt the ritual of weaving they could weave
Some where in one of the books I have read by Joesph Campbell he writes about our creating rituals for those things we do not understand and cannot comprehend. I have begun to notice and remember from teaching several of my older students that they could continue with certain processes because they could remember the ritual of doing and the mind had created a pattern that they could follow without thought or hesitations. In many ways it makes understanding and dealing with My Dad easier.
From A Joesph Campbell interview; “The purposes of rituals are varied; with religious obligations or ideals, satisfaction of spiritual or emotional needs of the practitioners, strengthening of social bonds, social and moral education, demonstration of respect or submission, stating one’s affiliation, obtaining social acceptance or approval for some event—or, sometimes, just for the pleasure of the ritual itself.”
Cheers and all,