Friday, March 7, 2014

First Artist in Residence stint done

The first Artist in Residence afternoon, first of six, went very well.  It's a first for the library, and a first for this artist, too, so that was exciting. 

I've made a couple of small beaded insertions at home, woven to fit into the faces of the figures -- this piece is named Four Sisters. There are three other pieces in other media going into the exhibit on the same subject, too.


Five more Fridays open to the general public, and I'll be doing modular work at home, too, beadweaving and other bits, to weave into the bigger work.




 Some people stopped to chat and bewail the loss of handmade nowadays, and to talk about how their grandmothers could spin and knit and crochet, and how they liked crochet but not knitting, and where did I get all these different yarns and stuff.  Very nice, because working a tapestry is hard on your back and arms, and an excuse to stop was welcome now and then.

 Here you can see the cartoon -- drawing -- on the back of the warp.




And here some of the ton of yarns and homespun and beads and ribbons which might find their way into this work.


I got the establishing rows done, to stabilize the general layout of the piece. 


 

Goodnight moon, the cover is thrown over the work until I get there next week.

This is really a terrific opportunity, very happy with it.  Gallery Manager Donna is doing above and beyond work to publicize it, along with the April exhibit, very happy with all that, too! See exhibit poster, here, on the library website, to various people,  plus great presser already went out and will appear in early April, poifect timing.




And back at the ranch, here's my old cardboard loom, on which I'll do a couple of the heads I drew on there -- two on the one loom, but I can remember which line is for which figure, so I can do two weavings one by one on the same loom. And maybe I'll get to use up my handspun, yay.  But then I'll have to remember how to spin, oh, right, yes, that, to make more.




All in all, a good time was had by all!  In fact I checked the time after a while, figuring I'd been working maybe 45 minutes, and found it was nearly two hours and soon time to tidy up and leave.

So if you're in the neighborhood of Plainsboro Public Library, next five Fridays 2-4 p.m., ending April 11  come up to the third floor, and meet and greet and ask anything you want to ask!

3 comments:

margaret said...

this looks like a very interesting piece you are doing and so good to be doing it in public to get awareness of your work

Ash said...

Wow this is amazing! I can't wait to see more progress on this as the weeks go by. :)

Magpie's Mumblings said...

How I wish I was in the neighbourhood - it would be such fun to see you at work!