Experimenting

Hi there,

Gosh, two posts in one day!

This afternoon I set the loom up using Stylecraft Special DK in plum and Stylcraft Alpaca DK in orchid. The orchid colour is a lavender pinky colour that doesn’t show up too clearly in the image above. I’ve missed warp spaces evenly across the reed and matching that by inserting spaces in the weft. I’m hoping the weave will loosen up in the spaces when it’s taken off the loom. All going well I maybe able to show you tomorrow.

I called David, co-owner of the Spinning Weal shop in Clevedon who supplied my loom, asking if he can supply a second heddle kit and two reeds… yes, I’m to collect them next week. It will mean I can do more than tabby weaving.

Bye for now xx

New device & Fibre fest!

My old tablet broke down suddenly so I’ve lost some stuff unfortunately. Thankfully Lovely Husband has bought me this shiny, new to me, reconditioned device. To celebrate I’m having a sit down moment while I let you lovely people know πŸ™‚

Thank you to my new followers for following me πŸ™‚ I don’t feel so alone on this bloggy journey now!

I mentioned a fibre fest…

I’ve had a frozen shoulder and as it slowly thaws I’m able to return to pursuits like spinning and weaving. There is fibre everywhere as I cannot spin and weave fast enough as I make up for lost time. I want to post some pictures but when I opened WordPress on this new device it said it had a new editor so I clicked on it and now I don’t know how to get back to the old one. I think it’s called Aztec. Apparently it’s not fully set up yet… oops. Tech stuff sends my stress levels through the stratosphere. So… I’ll try and sort things out and maybe another picture post will appear soon…hopefully πŸ™‚

New Edit…

Here’s a couple of images. It’s taken me a while to discover how to upload them. And the save button has disappeared… ???

The yarn was spun on my trusty old Pipi Wendy which I have had for nearly 40 years. I’ve only had my 32″ Ashford rigid heddle loom for a year but I wouldn’t do without it now.

Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you again soon xxxx

Changing direction

I’m currently reframing my art practice.

As I see it, before my diagnosis I was trying to be the person everyone else wanted me to be so if I wasn’t being my true self then it appears that my theoretical framework and indeed my art were also an effort to please.

So here I am now, five years post diagnosis, enjoying textiles and the odd bit of drawing wondering how to develop it further. The old rusty framework is still there but a new set of values and influences need to be darned in. As I can’t get out much most of my viewing of others work comes via books, the internet, and handling old textiles that I’ve collected. It’s the theoretical stuff I’m getting into at the moment.

I hadn’t thought much about the difficulties I was having until a friend said to me that I was experiencing disablement. I found a gem of a book, ‘Why are you pretending to be normal’ by Phil Friend and Dave Rees that is about the language we use. This is not an academic book, it’s not meant to be. It is a widely accessible for most readers. I’m in the process of taking what it suggests on board. In the meantime I’ve started to ponder how much the sensory impairments I have impact on my art/craft practice. I’m dipping into texts on phenomenology, postmodernism, poststructualism, feminism and disability theory…and it’s making sense!

It’s important to me to understand why I do what I do so these new developments are exciting.

Bye for now πŸ™‚

IMG_20170805_111030Β This post was previously posted by me on my former blog earlier today.

Welcome

This is my first post using WordPress, I’ve just moved here from blogger where I was known by the same name.

I’ll be back soon but in the meantime I need to find my way around my new home.

Thanks for visiting and I’ll see you later, bye.