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Monday, June 9, 2008

Working on White

Winter Skin 2007 Patricia Chauncey Cast Silcone Microcrystaline Powders
White organza shibori shawl, gut ball, sand pods Patricia Chauncey

Dark melted sample for Protection Cloak and Hide Patricia Chauncey
Photographer Christine Hatfull

I have spent the afternoon in my cold house working on white stuff.
The temparature was so far below normal that I can almost see my breath.
It hit 8 degrees at one point today and I had to put on socks and an extra fleece to work out in the diagonal slanting rain. The wind was so cold today that the cloth would barely melt. Good thing was that no holes appeared at all.

Tim designed me a new little art shed for the back garden deck. It can be taken apart and folded up when not in use. Made with recycled lumber and an old sail for weather protection. Good for cold, rain or too much sun (as if!).

Tomorrow night I pick up two new looms. Old looms actually. They belonged to the weaver Catherine Mitchell. Her son has sold them to me for a fraction of what they are worth and included bencheds, heddles and warping boards.

Funny that me, as a confirmed surface designer, has been called back to the loom. I think it was the paper yarns that practicum student Joseph Dagsaan has reintroduced me to. Also the recycled cloth yarns I have been making and the amazing silk and bamboo yarns I saw at the Yarn Warehouse in Portland. Vesna showed me some basic techniques for weaving in metal a few years ago and designer Peter Tsang showed me his copper garments before he left for Paris again.

I will weave once again although I was once called the worst weaver that Capilano College ever saw! I had to admit to aging before I bought honkin' big glasses which helped with the warping. Weaver Barry Goodman helped me warp before I figured out that it wasn't the lousy loom but the lousy eyes.

Now that I am faced with serious eye problems (side effect from the medication Prednisone) weaving seems like something I can handle again. I am sure I can find someone to warp up for me.

All the extreme and altered materials I have been working with can be transferred to weaving. I will keep to plan on the pupae project but get to add a new element and some other energy to the studio.

Time to bundle up, face the weather and dream of tropical New York!

1 comment:

arlee said...

I flunked the weaving at Cap---hated it---respect the tradition, the dedication and the history, but hate the process for myself! I was tempted to hand in my 9 year old son's first attempt as my final project because he was so much better than i was!!