I had chosen to take Rebecca Mezoff's "Color Gradation Techniques for Tapestry." I was dropping something off at Millie Danielson's house and she brought up that I should look into taking this workshop. I'm not a "workshop junkie" (a term I learned this weekend and liked) because I have so many things that I have to get done with my artwork that I hate to distract myself with ideas and new techniques. However, I do want to support MLH and the learning opportunities that they have right at our back door. I have zero formal training in weaving wool tapestry at a tecnical level or how to color gradate. So I applied for an MLH Learning Grant and signed up for Rebecca's class. Along the way, the Arts Council of Greater Lansing announced a new grant that is for individual artists. It's the Chris Clark Fellowship Grant. I decided to apply for it and see if I could get the other portion of my workshop weekend paid for. I recently found out that I was awarded this grant also, along with a number of other artists. The 2012 Chris Clark grantees can be found HERE.
What a class!
I learned how to splice so that I have no funny knots and smooth transitions.
Back of my piece/sample. Please excuse the stray yarns...
Front of the piece, looking through the back of my loom so there's warp in the way.
Rebecca was very organized and had a wonderful power point to show up exactly how some of these techniques are used and how to do them. She had samples all lined up for us to work on, but what I loved about her teaching style is that there were no hard and fast rules as to how you had to weave your piece.
I decided to try using a cartoon (line drawing behind the weaving) to follow an idea that I had. I am using pick and pick, transparancy and gradation in the teal/black/grey piece.
On to serious gradation! The yellow is the yarn we had been using (2 ply), and I started in with a purple block of single ply yarn that you use 3 strands at a time.
And then I got home, set it down in my loom room, and it sat like this until last week. Nearly done, but after 3 full days of over 30 hours of weaving (my choice, they weren't 10 hours days!) my fingers were ready for a break.
Last week I sat down ad finished my gradation in the purple and yellow. I remembered it feeling overwhelming because of the counting of single yarns and getting just the right mixture for a smooth transition, but it was't when I got back to it.
#3 Gradation Block
This activity is made possible in part by a grant from the Arts Council of Greater Lansing.