I am done with Undergraduate School. I am still very passionate about my craft and my work. I want to advance in my career and do something that in the end will feel like a great personal achievement. So, why I am not pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in my field?
I work in retail for my day job. Which means I had to work Thanksgiving night and again Friday afternoon into the evening. Seeing so many people clamoring for the "great sales" made me appreciate what I do for my other job. As a weaver, I get to make something out of nothing and then either sell it to someone or give it to someone I love and I get to see the expression of joy on their faces.
There are so many focuses in the Fiber/Textile world that it would seem that there would be a clear deliniation between them all- so when you looked at something you say "That is design. That is art. And there is technology." But textiles have a way of blurring the boundaries of these worlds (much like other craft arenas).
Typically, when I design a project, I look up the manufacturer's suggested sett for the yarn AND I also measure it. This current set of scarves that I have on the loom is made with a yarn that I have never used before. Thinking that I had it under control I just measured it myself and didn't look up the suggested sett.
So, it is the end of the week- time for something to kick start the weekend with something inspiring! This morning I tweeted about a website called Those Who Make. This website has so many inspiring videos about crafters and what they do.
A mood board is a visual illustration of a concept or direction that a designer wants to take for a project or a collection. Traditionally a mood board is a collage of images and text in order to describe the ideas behind the mood board and why they were picked.
There is a phrase that I have used a many occasions that expressed my feelings towards learning tapestry weaving: "I want nothing to do with tapestry weaving." I know how that statement sounds. And I am personally trying to remedy my outlook on techniques that I find "too difficult" in order to at least have experience. This is mainly because I have given myself a personal goal to attain the Handweaver's Guild of America Certificate of Excellence in Handweaving (ideally pass both levels before the age of 30). One of the very first samples that has to be woven with professionalism is of course: Tapestry Weaving.