Week Six

Firstly I must correct the last post. On describing the felt ‘ball’ I think I gave the impression that I just wrapped the felt around the marble. This is not the case, I wet the fleece and then wrapped it around the marble and then felted it in situ so to speak.

To the right here is my latest weaving. It is about 18 inches wide and if you get it in the right light you can see some brighter blue lines just below the top of the weaving, it is very subtle but if you squint you can just make it out.

So I really have been doing some weaving although maybe not as much as I would like. Last week did involve three days in the studio so I was able to do some but there is still huge amounts of reading to get done. There’s lots of aesthetics and colour theory not to mention learning to weave in three dimensions and drawing workshops.
Last weekend we went to Compton Verney which is near Stratford Upon Avon and they have an exhibition of tapestry weaving on. The Dovecot is a commercial weaving studio in Edinburgh who have their 100 anniversary this year and Compton Verney is the only place outside Edinburgh to host the exhibition. It was quite remarkable from very traditional to very modern and I could not decide which piece was my favourite but I have to finally decide it is probably Archie Brennan’s piece know as ‘The Lady in the Spotted Dress’ or something like that, it has several titles and I think that is the unofficial one. Check this link to see an image: http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O127801/at-a-window-lady-in-tapestry-archie-brennan/.  It just leaves me speechless the skill required to weave a frilly black and white spotted dress.

Going back to my own attempts above, it is mainly an exercise in blending, getting gentle gradations of colour through various changes of yarn. It is going to go paler again as it gets higher but I shall use a different technique just to see how it works.  I have used 5 shades of teal yarn and cream, the teal yarns are numbered teal 1 which is the lightest to teal 5 which is the darkest. The lower changes I have just used two colours of yarn, so I started with three strands of cream and one of  teal 1, moving onto two strands of cream and two of teal 1 and so on slowly getting darker. From now on I am starting to go from dark to light and I shall use three shades at a time, so I am currently using two strands of teal 5 and one of teal 4 and one of teal 3. This gives a more speckledy blend and it will be interesting to see how it looks compared to the other technique.

There, that is quite enough from me for now. We have a busy week this week, Colour Theory today, Academic Writing tomorrow, a drawing day and tutorials on Wednesday and more aesthetics on Thursday. Depending upon how much reading I need to do I might finish this piece on Friday.



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