A Day of Weaving
I treated myself to an all-day weaving class at Mandy Greer‘s studio this past Sunday. A little reward for having the book manuscript off my desk for a while. Although I may not ever weave again, I have been dying to try it and was practically giddy at the thought of spending a full day doing nothing but learning a new craft. I went into the class fully committed to finish my weaving by the end of class. You would think six hours would be plenty of time, but it goes by SO fast when there are several new techniques to learn. I knew that to finish in time, I would need to keep a steady pace and not stop too much (I tend to be chatty and social in class, part of the reason I like them). Mandy had many beautiful weavings up in her studio, lots of inspiration. I was inspired by the small silver leaf details she added to some of the driftwood hangers, I think I may add something like that to mine, which is shown in the last three images. It was decidedly brighter than the earthy palettes of the other students weavings. Leave it to the girl who lives in black to make a bright weaving!
Continuing to be a student and learning from others is something I committed to a few years ago. It has resulted in loads of inspiration. Of course not every class I take lights a true spark, but I believe there is something to be learned from every teacher. We all teach differently, we all learn differently, and by allowing ourselves to be a student, we gain new insight and inspiration. For example, in Mandy’s weaving class I loved the fact that she had looms mounted on the wall, which allowed us to sit up straight and not be hunched over (six hours of that could be tough).
Off to find a place to hang it! Have a wonderful Monday!