The Woven Wishing Star is on the studio floor. I made it a while back. Started it during my Contemporary Boro 1 Workshop aka 21st Century Rags) Back in 2011. Has it been that long? I find myself asking that question a lot lately. Anyway, I will be detailing the way I got this far soon. But today, just there on the floor. The woven part is about 20" square-ish, give or take, and it has been anchored to a piece of thin cotton that measures about 30" square. Ish. My measuring is never that exact. That thin cloth was dyed in a natural indigo vat, a weak vat, and it has nice light turquoise cast which happens sometimes. I placed the whole thing on a larger piece just to photo it for now.
There are 3 main techniques here, cloth weaving, fields of stitch and mosaic . I will review them soon. The star is not indigo, which probably I regret for this project (which I am now calling the Endless Wishing Cloth, conjured here) but with using what's on hand, first and foremost in my mind, that is the way it will go.
For all of you celebrating a holiday this weekend, this can be a little holiday cloth for now and I Wish you all the best with family and friends. .
I don't do Easter, or Passover. But I will celebrate cloth. And I'll be cooking up some new ideas...
It was Dad that taught me what little I've been taught about composition.
Or perhaps I just remember it that way. What's been useful to me.
Art school was not useful to me. Maybe because I was distracted. I think it reminded me of high school, where all my self esteem got jumbled up with competition. And pimples.
This, that Stray Abstraction, turned out to be more of a Stray Distraction. From anything and everything. Maybe CobbleCloth might come to mean just that. Patching a daydream. With a basket of misfits, and a little time to consider. Even the stitching was done using short threads from the nest (the original ThreadCrumbs). The parts are all there I suppose, floating in the fog of mood.
And with Dad's advice... "...a good composition works in any direction, you might be surprised..."
A Spirit of Distraction I think, aka Free Falling.
And I am. Free falling. Through this month of February. Knowing I will land somewhere eventually. And keep going.
The roof is not fixed. We've been informed we need to wait until the temperatures rise. And it needs to be the whole roof. We will cobble together a new plan. Think outside the box.
I used the last of some old roll of magic. Sometimes things run out. Get used up. Sometimes you can make more. Depends on what's on hand and whether your heart's in it.
I still have so much more to share about technique. Sometimes it is hard to stay open. But I'll keep going. In these times of selfish discontent I am happy to have this as what I can do to make america great again the world a kinder place. Share without boundaries.
The cloth weaving method here goes beyond what was presented in Cloth to Cloth. And I have taken it much further without showing. I want to share more here then, opening up part of the advanced cloth weaving methods with this new year. To prepare the way for brand new content.
Cloth Weaving Without a Foundation then... I made the roll of magic weave on a larger loom, but not everyone has one of those, so you might start like this.
And now, after a bit of day dreaming, I've taken a new approach to filling the holes along the edge where many of the white triangles have disappeared.I used a lot of vintage cloth there. It melted but that's ok. I learn a lot by watching things melt away. It's a privilege really.
Filling the space with space. Sky like cloth. But Room. Room is the word on my mind. Room to expand maybe. Get beyond just that space. Be filled with less maybe. Room makes things seem like less. Room to see. Windows
To be wrapped in space. Room as shelter. Room is a multilayered word today