Monday, December 28, 2015

Porkies Weaving December Update


When I'm working on a weaving that's really long, one of the high-points is when the cartoon (image that I'm working off of from under the warp) starts draping down and I have to start rolling it to keep it off of the treadles. Above is a view from the underside of my loom!


I find I enjoy weaving the most first thing in the morning.  I'm getting on a more normal schedule (ok, not with the holidays, but getting back to it), where I do some yoga or work out while I wait for my coffee to brew. Then get to my weaving for an hour or two.  I work best and most-focused before I have showered or gotten dressed for the day.  It's my quiet down-time and I love it.


I usually try to weave until I start making mistakes.  Since this is triple-weave pick up I sometimes start to think about what else I need to do that day, getting to work, the house, emails start coming in and I can't keep a rhythm anymore.  I think if this was my usual double-weave pick up I wouldn't have the issue of making mistakes when my brain moves to other things, but three layers of fabric have been quite the new challenge for me.


Above is a detail, I'm loving how the background colors are popping through the blues of the water's open weave.  I wasn't sure how to get some of that depth that I'm experiencing from the panorama, and here it is happening naturally.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Double Pod Earrings and St. Petersburg Bracelet with small necklace


I had become a little stumped on jewelry-making (did I mention my weaving-focus?) but I put together an outfit for a friend's wedding which helped me choose colors to make a bracelet and pair of earrings. 


I really love this brown/blue/green combo.  It also happened to match the grouping of jewelry that I recently sent to Paige Waird Gallery up in Calumet, MI. So, of course, after wearing it, I sent it off.  

Earrings $65.00
Small Necklace $75.00


Bracelet $95.00



Friday, December 4, 2015

Three-Color Blocked Bangle and Earrings


I have been focusing mainly on my weaving for the Porcupine Mountains Residency as I'm very late on it's submission, but they have been graceful about understanding the year I've had post-residency.  So only a few new pieces of jewelry have surface for the holidays.  I was playing with some new color combinations for this bangle and earring set.  It was fun to do and would go easily with dress-up or casual.


These are currently at the Lansing Art Gallery Holiday Shop.


Beaded Blob Earrings in Blues

As you may or may not have followed, I really love making these 3-D forms.  I'm starting to make the beaded blob earrings again!  T...