Weaving as Meditation

Sometimes, the weaving process can be very stressful. It will make me frustrated and angry, and doubt myself as a designer and craftsperson. Part of this stems from my anxiety disorder- but a lot of it comes from me wanting to improve and make great product that people will want to have in their lives. Other times, I have woven things that have just helped me unwind after a stressful day. These are the times I focus on my breathing, my rhythm and the advancement of the woven web. These are the times of my meditation. Many people will state Continue Reading…

Projects Designed to Learn Your Loom

My previous post I updated everyone on what I was accomplishing during my time of silence. I briefly touched on my latest project off of my new AVL loom. Today, I wanted to explain a little bit more in-depth in regards to the type of project that I made and why I decided on this particular project. One of my primary products to weave are blankets. On my Kyra loom I was able to produce throw sized blankets (48″ x 72″) without having to create panels or utilize a double weave. I also primarily use wool as my fiber medium. Continue Reading…

New Year, New Focus

As a new year opens up in front of me, I sit back and reflect on what I have accomplished in the past year. And I feel like it could have been better spent. So I am developing a new focus for my life which will hopefully produce a greater outcome in the upcoming year. 2012 was a time of development- figuring out what I wanted to weave, what I wanted to do with my weaving and where I see myself in the future with weaving. All of this thinking and day dreaming laid the ground work for actual progress. Continue Reading…

Problem Solving Revisited

One of my favorite stages in the weaving process- cutting the weaving off the loom. I do not have a specific way I complete this process, I just take my favorite fabric scissors and carefully cut the warp threads and then unroll the glory of the almost final product. By tying on to the old warp waste, it has helped me cut down on the amount of loom waste I produce for each piece. I don’t have to contend with the heavy metal rod that is on the warp beam when I near the end of the weaving. I also Continue Reading…

Why I am Not Pursuing an MFA.

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? Simply put, at this moment in time an MFA isn’t going to help me advance in my field, nor can I decide what I want to study that intensively. I want to do it all. I have been focusing my energy on developing proper techniques for weaving, learning things Continue Reading…