It often happened during the years when I was teaching art at Brockwood Park School in Hampshire, England, that my own artwork had its origin in classroom activities.
My keen group of students were learning how to paint on silk and other fibers as part of a fiber art program. They also wanted to explore off-loom weaving processes.
I had a wonderful stash of painted silk color samples from studio experiments in earlier days, and laminated them onto canvas to make ribbon strips. In the attic I found a discarded window blind made of narrow pieces of wood – these were painted using light-reflective acrylics.
The wooden sticks and the silk ribbons came together in a pattern discovered in one of the texts we studied – it’s a very old Chinese pattern symbolizing the ebb and flow of the Tao.
A closer look.
The weaving was eventually mounted on a length of painted bamboo matting.
1780 x 650
painting on silk, off-loom weaving
silk Habotai, canvas, wooden sticks,
acrylic paints, fiber-reactive dyes
nomad collection: England
images of personal work cut into strips, acetate, off-loom weaving, stitching
Antidote for pride and preciousness re one’s work:
Pick up scissors or craft knife. Cut, weave, rip, stitch …
Just for now,
just for this moment,
pretend you’ve nothing to say…
I’ve been traveling in regional Queensland and discovered that the internet connection urbanites take for granted isn’t always easily accessible. Or that if it exists at all, the speeds are reminiscent of the old dial-up days, meaning that uploading images involves a great deal of patience. There’s also been a great deal of driving and other delightful distractions…
Back at base now, I’m catching up. Apologies to the dear friends and fellow-bloggers who are subscribed to this blog and support me in this little project …
acetate, images of personal artworks cut and woven, acrylics
I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas.
I’m frightened of the old ones.
– John Cage
water hyacinth fiber, rice paper, fragments from old straw sunhat, rayon ribbon, acetate, images of personal artworks cut and woven
Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.
– Pablo Picasso
colored papers, silver foil, ‘mad weave’
The truth of the thing
is not the think of it
but the feel of it.
– Stanley Kubrick