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<p>Tapestry will be 40" tall and 32" wide.</p><p>The story of one tapestry evolving. Exploration of texture and colour. Introspective. Key words: feminine, intuition, beauty, danger, lustre, web, water, power, duality, undulation, surface, flesh, folds, burgeoning, livid, nebula, matrix, danger, fever, bliss, spectre...</p>
Love it! Can't wait to see it progress.
That is beautiful!
beautiful, sublime ♥
Love how this is progressing.
I love this piece. The texture you've achieved is so interesting. I also love the depth and shading in this work. Can't wait to see more!
What kind of tapestry loom do you enjoy working on?
This is exciting to watch! I'm looking forward to seeing it grow. My mind boggles a bit, thinking of the hours required to weave such a large piece (and seven more on the same scale!) -- but oh, what an immersion in beauty!
As you are outlining your shapes are you using Soumak? It's lovely whatever it is!
I am using soumak for a lot of the black lines, and a little bit for texture in other places!
Thank you! I'll try to get some updated photos over the next week or so.
I am weaving on a Leclerc Gobelin loom. I got to use one while I was in college and fell in love with it. It takes up a bit of space but it's a showpiece in my livingroom! :)
Thanks everybody! I'm pretty excited about it. So far I have put about 114 hours into it and it's about 1/3 completed. The last 1/3 should weave up quite a bit faster. We'll see! I sure am enjoying all thecolours!
Beautiful Work! Thanks for sharing and showing step by step. I just returned after a month to the group, and has been a wonderful welcome.
114 hours for 1/3 progress complete at this size seems fast to me.
I see headphones perched at the top of the loom. What do you listen to when weaving?
Yay! It seems fast to somebody! It`s so great to post these images for fellow weavers to look at, because I have been getting the opposite response from people. It`s so painstaking, but I find the reward of watching it evolve to be worth every minute. Even if it gives me altogether too much time to doubt myself. :)
Ha! You noticed the headphones! I have been pretty particular about what I am listening to while weaving this tapestry. Like I built it's very own soundtrack! I'm a bit of a music junkie.
I think I can list a few here:
Cat Power-The Moon and Werewolf, Likke Li - Time Flies and I follow Rivers, Austra -The Beast and Darken Her Horse (actually I think her whole album is on my mp3 player), Broken Social Scene-Sweetest Kill, Bat For Lashes-Trophy, Blonde Redhead-Love or Prison and Will There Be Stars, Bjork-Hunter and, surprisingly, the NIN album: Ghosts, which the lead singer refers to as being `a soundtrack for draydreams`.
Very angsty-hipster. I make myself laugh!
Thanks for looking!
I`m so happy to be on weavolution! I don`t know why I didn`t discover it`s awesomeness earlier! I just love to see what other weavers are making!
Thanks for stopping here!
-I love that it looks like a drawing until you get close enough to see the beautiful woven textures,and subtle color changes.-Thank you for sharing it's progression!I hope we get to see the whole series progress -what an interesting book that would make! I just started weaving -and your Tapestry speed seems lightening fast to me :-)
This series is really embracing my history as a drawer. it was my first love as far back as I could handle a wax crayon. If I had the urge to put lines and hatching into the cartoon, I tried to keep that feel in the tapestry.
Do you have treadles or are you weaving on a frame? I have a couple picture frame looms that I like to take places with me and weave small tapestries but they take a lot of time as I am finger picking all my threads.
Now I have a Gobelin. It's 40" wide but it's over 5' tall and 2.5' deep and commands attention when you come into the living room. :D But it has treadles and that's such a blessing for me with a tapestry this big.
Some areas have taken me FOREVER to weave up. The purple leaf at the lower left was painstaking, both becasue I was just getting started and full of hesitation, and becasue I was weaving only 3 threads at a time and wrapping individual warp threads in between them to create the scales. Argh! But it was worth it!
Thanks again and again!
I just came across this again this morning . Still so beautiful and impressive. I should have realized that you have a strong background in drawing but this tapestry brings forth more than a drawing or painting could. I have been keeping a drawing journal which I sketch in everyday, usually something ordinary ,doesn't matter, just draw. I find it's helping me a lot. Your tapestry work is tremendous, will you exhibit these somewhere?
Thank you so much! I can't express how inspiring and motivating it is to be a part of this online community. Yay Weavolution!
I really believe tapestry is the prime medium for this series. There is a sensuality about fibre and the manipulation of it between the warp. My fingertips caress every thread, coaxing , sometimes commanding them into place. There is also a violence and finality about it , when the beater forces the threads into position. I'm a texture junkie so I sometimes sit at my loom, close my eyes and run my hands over the striated surface. Fibre demands to be touched. It cries out and begs, but up on the gallery wall no matter how tantalizing it is, we are forbidden to lay a finger on it. Someone's hands were all over it, someone reveled in its birth. You are forced to let your eyes feast on what your fingers may not.
While I am immersed in the process I have all these thoughts about femeninity and sensuality streaming through my head--sometimes just buzzwords--that have become a mantra. This work is about empowerment, evolution, abandon, and faith.
Drawing journals are made of win! For sure you'll never regret keeping one. And you can go back years later and draw inspiration from it! When I was in art school almost everyone had one and it was strongly encouraged. There was even exhibitions where artists included their journals as part of the show.
When I first took this on I projected to have 8 this size completed by 2014. At this rate 6 would be more realistic but I am still aiming for 8; My first solo exhibition.
This is am amazing piece of weaving and it is so nice to be able to see not only the progress you are making but the detail. I am still trying to work out the various techniques you are using!!
In photo 12 I see there is a pin holding what looks like a warp end - did you have one break or are you adding extra warps?
Many thnaks for sharing this with us.
I had not one but SIX threads break/fray so I had to cut them. This was a bit stressful for me with so many hours already invested, but I replaced them and have them weighted down with soup cans (full) at the back. I am using Swedish rug warp and it was fairly pricey so I thought I wouldn't have this problem, but I am a bit heavy on the beater and I guess the friction was just too much. I have already found a place in the maritimes to order more Seine twine for future tapestries in the hopes that this won't happen again.
I am using a lot of soumak type knots especially where the black is. Sometimes I only work this in one direction, and others where I want the black lines to be thicker I am using both directions, which makes it braid-like. Also I am wrapping individual warp threads (you can see this in the lower lefthand corner between the scales) and sometimes If I need just a little line or detail I just float a weft over it so it just sits on the surface, getting tacked down every once in awhile--I just looked it up and it's called "flying shuttle". There's definitely hatching where two colours meet, and Chiné (more than one colour thread on each bobbin).
Thanks for looking!
Thats beautiful! I'm just starting so its exciting to see what can be done....uh...many years from nowLOL
Congrats on your First solo exhibition in 2014! How exciting! It's going to be stunning. I have a Leclerc Gobelin too. Just got the treadles and reed. I think I'll like the treadles a lot and the reed too. But I imagine I'll clamp the reed up away near the harnesses out of my sight line. Do you use a reed, it doesn't look like it from your photos? Again congrats on the Solo.
Well I haven't been into Weavolution in awhile due to relocation, and a brand new baby boy! But look what I finished! I'm insanely happy to have it off the loom. I took a load of detail shots from all different angles in the hopes of capturing some of the textures better. Merry Christmas everyone! :D
*Ahem* In hindsight...a solo exhibition of 8 tapestries by 2014!?? What was I thinking??? haha! But my loom does look sad and empty for the first time in over a year and a half. What to weave next...
beautiful piece of art I have had the pleasure to look at!
I am in total awe.
Thank you very much! I am hoping it will go travelling in 2013.
JacQueline, it's magnificent! When you talk about adding the silk between color changes, is that what I see in slide 10?
Complex and beautiful, thank you for all the slides. I have no doubt it will go traveling to some wonderful places! Congrats!
Also a huge congratulations on the new addition to your family! Two? You're busy now!
Congratulations on finishing the weaving of this beautiful tapestry! I enjoy seeing the detail photos.
Thanks so much. Yes slide 19 is a closer, angled shot of the lower left area in slide 10.
My first boy is SO SO SO excited to have a baby brother. He was quite deflated when Henry came and he was too small to play with. ;p They sure fill my day! It's nice and relaxing out here on the acreage so I have been getting better quality time with them. I was anxious all the time in the city!