For the Love of Weaving

As I sit at my loom weaving I am entranced by the rhythm of the back and forth movement of the shuttle that trails a colorful weft. My feet push the pedals in an up and down motion, prompting the harnesses to move. I weave to create beautiful and functional fabrics that can be used by others. These weavings focus on pattern and color. My inspiration is found in the things around me ñ the different blues you see when looking out over the ocean or a lake; the bright reds, oranges, and browns you see as autumn comes and the leaves begin to fall; the brightness of a sunny spring day and the bright green of the grass and colors of the emerging flowers. These combine within the cloth and interact with one another, creating a symbiotic relationship between these intense, saturated colors that I dye. The patterns I choose for the woven structure are intended to create integrity within the fabric. I want these fabrics to withstand the test of time and their structures are designed to withstand being worn on the body. I am drawn to undulating, echo weaves that create a sense of vibration through color interaction and pattern. The moment one of my weavings comes off the loom and I can touch it, fold it, iron it, wash it ñ it becomes a piece of art that I want others to experience and be able to interact with. For this reason I focus mainly on the shawl format so the cloth can be worn and these weavings can serve a purpose by bringing joy to the lives of others.

Enwrapped In Color

Enwrapped In Color
Shawl Format Color and Pattern Interaction and Integration

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Down to the Grind

So, it has been awhile! I have been so busy with classes, studio, trying to be outside as much as possible, and producing and using the equipment at the Kansas City Art Institute to the best of my ability before I don't have access to their equipment anymore. I have been focusing on the shawl format and have probably 6 or 7 new ones as of yet, and have started making bandana scarves that will be able to be marketed at a lower price, but still give people the chance to love, wear, and be enveloped in my art and in color without breaking the bank. The BFA senior show at the H&R Block KCAI Artspace is up and running through May 15th and one of my pieces is featured in that, last night was the opening of 'A Sense of Place' at the Monarch Gallery here in Kansas City which features 3 of my pieces. I am working away trying to get things ready for final crit, me and Mandi Burger's duo trunk show at Eclectics, my solo trunk show at KC Wearhaus, and.... GRADUATION! Things are all coming together and I am crossing my fingers at the opportunity to be a paid intern at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art this summer, working in their Education/New Dimension department. All in all I am a busy but happy clam, trying to fit everything into 24 hours is proving to be challenging, but I know I can do it. Will be posting photos from the different shows, photos of my new work, and information on what is to come of me:)
Thanks so much for all the love and support,
Weave Gone Nuts!

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