It was roughly 11 years ago that I began weaving. My interest in selling my work was really a push to keep weaving while I rolled with the ups and downs of being a new parent. The only way I figured I’d stick with learning this new skill was if I gave myself a threat, making sale worthy goods. I chose scarves because I love them, though I did think hard about dishtowels. Sometimes I kick myself for not choosing dishtowels. Those would be so much faster to make!
Handweaving can be deceptive. It’s tedious and slow. When it’s time to actually weave the cloth, it seems to go faster, watching the warp progress and the cloth build on the beam. But you must love setting up the loom and that takes patience and time. That is how I came into gradient work. If I was going to spend so much time measuring warp, I would at least make it entertaining. I have spent several years enjoying transitioning colors and yet I am very much aware that I have barely cracked the surface of what a warp can do.
At the end of 2016 I acquired a new loom. I am hoping to up production, learn some new tricks and methods for making more scarves faster. However, the more I think about production, the more I find myself pushing new ideas to the back burner. Development takes time, I don’t have time to spare as I’m trying to get the next set of scarves off the loom. I have put so much focus on production, that I feel that I have left little space for creative development. Originally this was my creative impetus. So for 2017, I have decided to embrace “slow” again. It’s time to make good mistakes. It’s time to pursue creativity in all of its slow and meaningful glory. I want to try to physically create the images in my mind and see if they work or not and what unfolds. I look forward to sharing with you the hits and the misses. Cheers to new beginnings, new ideas, and the willingness to try!
Happy New Year!
Photo by Martyn Thompson