Great to be back in the Primary classsroom this week. An hour a day of textiles, keeps the doctor away. The children loved making their woven, plastic bag pencil cases. The club was so busy I didn’t have time for photographs. I will attempt to take more tomorrow. #plastic#reuse#recycle#remake#textiles#primary#teaching
AND here she is! I had such a great time sourcing all of the fibers I used in this piece.
Over the past few years I’ve been trying so hard to find my own style of weaving. I feel like I’m finally starting to go down the right path and I have this piece to thank for that. Subtle colors, loads of textures, and naturally dyed fibers. Yes please!
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Arnulf Rainer’s crosses in a retrospective devoted to his work at the Albertina Museum. I think the one that hits me the most is the first photo which resembles a shroud. The crosses remind me of how clothing is pinned and showcased in museums. I saw what must be a refabrication of a Coptic textile, complete with Tyrian purple made from the secretion of sea snails, from the 3rd Century in Vienna’s papyrus museum (seen in the last photo). The child’s shirt reminds me of the crosses. @albertinamuseum#arnulfrainer#painting#art#textiles#shrouds#seasnails
#VanessaGerman ’s “Cabinets of Wonder” are now on view in vitrines at 45 Rockefeller Plaza! Each vitrine is a unique space of curiosity, beauty and wonder featuring sequins, textiles, crystals, gems and more! ✨ Visit these space and more now through April 4 at @rockefellercenter 💫✨
"Fetching Fletching" New Furoshiki - On sale for $10 this week!
We love the color combination in this furoshiki Japanese wrapping cloth that features a repeated arrow fletching (yagasuri) design. Yagasuri patterning is associated with luck in marriage because it said that an arrow that is fired does not return.
Just under 20" square (50cm) and 100% cotton. New, not vintage.
Furoshiki are traditional Japanese wrapping cloths, used even today when presenting gifts in Japan. Furoshiki also make lovely decor accent textiles - hung on the wall or draped over a tabletop - or bandana-style scarves!
By the way, furoshiki comes from furo, which means bath in Japanese and shiki, which is something that is spread on the ground. Long ago, furoshiki were used to carry clothes to and from the public bath and were spread on the bath house floor to stand on while changing.
I weave with no radio on, the tools make music enough.
I know most of you are here for plant dyeing content but weaving hijacked me again. This year I’m trying to cultivate this craft that got me into textiles back in 2015. I made my first cardboard loom 4,5 year ago and got this floor loom few months later. I was still working as an architect back then but I couldn’t think about anything else than weaving. Plant dyeing was a natural continuation of my textile exploration and it took over most of my time - architecture and weaving time included. I quit architecture in 2017 to work on Kaliko full time. But I was missing weaving over the last two years and now I won’t resist any longer.
This sample shawl is woven with naturally colored and eucalyptus-dyed wool. It’ll be finished soon and a new project will live on the loom next month.
Swipe left to see the pattern emerge in a time lapse or stick to the first video to see what I mean by “slow craft”.
Sometimes I wonder where I would be with my weaving technique if I stuck with it over the past 4 years. But then again, I think the fact that I don’t make a living with weaving lets me truly enjoy it. I will share some more thoughts on that in my next newsletter and for now I’d love to know what are the things you do to nourish your soul this season?