Thursday, March 30, 2017

March Musings

Ordered more heddles and warped up an 8-harness Undulating Twill,  lots of texture to love.

Macy's in the Mall closing.

Good words from Abraham Lincoln.  Our first stop on our 10-day road trip we stayed in a B&B, the Flagg House outside of Springfield, IL.  We spent a day with Lincoln and family at the Lincoln Museum and the neighborhood the family lived in.  The neighborhood is a National Park.  There is an ambiance, a feeling, a character in this place of the family Lincoln.  The 17 years spent there were maybe some of the happiest times for this family who experienced unimaginable tragedies.

This campground is in the Land Between the Lakes in Kentucky, we had it to ourselves, it was grand.
Our destination was the Gulf Shores, Fort Pickens National Park.  

The beach at sunrise, for the birds.

When we left home the ground was covered in fresh white snow, the warm white sands of the beach was divine to stick toes and fingers into.  What could be better?

Love Pelicans!  Took this from the ferry to Dauphin Island.  

Heading North and home.  So great to get away.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Artist Inspired Art

I am a member of an artist cooperative, VIVA Gallery, in a town called Viroqua in southwest Wisconsin.  In January we hold a member show.  The theme this year is 'Art Inspires Art'.  My Inspiration is Sonia Delaunay, painter and textile artist.  I am in love with her work.  She is most known for her bold pattern and color.  Her textiles, big geometrics and an amazing color sense is the reason I choose her as my inspiration.  I ventured into Doubleweave with this project.  I have been reading and looking at it, trying to figure it out and get brave enough to try this weave method and so to begin this new year I dove into it.  I can read all about it but until I get it onto the loom and actually weaving it I don't begin to understand how it works.  There is a lot here to try.

First - a bow to my muse with a minute sampling of the prodigious work of the awesome Sonia Delaunay.

The doubleweave off loom and after trepidatious cutting.  I love it!
Woven in 100% cotton, 1200 ends.  A big, intimidating project that a couple of times I was sure it was not going to work and would have to be "whacked"  (words of my friend Barb).
Now that I've done it once, I can do it again.