For reasons I’m unable to comprehend, my production pace this month has been steadier and faster than maybe any time ever. As of today, it doesn’t feel like it’s letting up, which suits me just fine. I know that at some point I’ll step away for a little bit, or find that I’ve over-committed myself to “outside” activities of various sorts. Such periods always sneak up on me, so for now I’m delighted to ride the wave of excitement and creative intensity.
And it’s Spring. In earnest. Which means Winter is effectively over (though we will surely still have lots of rain), which is too bad, as the chilly rainy months are always my most productive. I’m hoping this year to avoid the outdoor distractions for longer than usual.
So here’s the proof of last week’s work — it’s a series of three amazingly lustrous scarves in tencel and hand-dyed rayon, titled “Corruscation”.
And the second one ~
Finally, the third one ~
These three, plus the three Heart-Throb scarves and some additional recent work, were photographed today by Michael Stadler in his studio — always a revelation to me. I’m so accustomed to seeing my work up close; when they’re being shot in the studio setting with great lighting at some distance from my eyes, I see them freshly and with an entirely different perspective. I always feel like that view is a kind of final farewell to them, even if they’re still in my possession.
You may remember that I now have a second loom in my tool kit. That one too has been hard at work. I may have showed a couple of pictures of it some time ago, but now there’s real progress on the warp I have on it. It’s a hand-dyed tencel from Kathrin Weber of Blazing Shuttles fame, and because this is a mechanical loom (in contrast to the big computer-assisted behemoth), I needed to keep the patterning relatively simple. (You may not think so, but I know otherwise!) This will be a series of three scarves; I’ve titled it “Kilauea”.
Here’s the first one ~
And the second ~
I’m at the midpoint on this one, and when I go back to it tomorrow, I’m going to reverse the treadling so that the pattern goes in the opposite direction for the second half of the scarf. Thus, when it’s worn, the two ends will mirror each other.
Here’s a look a few steps back so you can see the loom itself — it’s a lovely, well-built tool which is a pleasure to use ~
A couple of days ago, I was telling a friend about the design process I was working through for a new run of scarves which will be woven on the big loom. It occurred to me that the mathematical and pattern considerations I manipulate to slowly develop a finished design — all done before working with the materials themselves — are a hidden part of what I do, one which I rarely mention much less write about. Next time, you can expect to get an explanation of that part of my process. I anticipate it’ll be somewhat of a struggle to attempt.