This first week of 2017 has been totally nuts. It started out super busy with trying to catch up from the holiday break. Then just as quickly it slowed down, when Helena dumped eight inches on Richmond, Virginia. On Friday, I received the saddest news that someone I very much enjoyed working with had passed away. But then on Sunday, a very special tiny person was born to two very dear friends of mine. This has been a week of distinct contrasts.
As I look at my plans for the next loom and weaving, I can't help but feel that what is happening in my personal life needs to be incorporated into this piece. I will include hard materials with soft. Geometric shapes with organic. Lights with darks. Harsh lines with soft edges. What will tie this piece together is balance.
And weaving is all about balance.
Yes, even in the sketches you can see the balance in overall design. But more than that(and my weaving friends know this all too well), an even distribution of weight throughout the warp structure is critical to the integrity of weaving. Through this process that I'm developing, balance is even more essential to the success of the piece. If one of the hundreds of warp threads break, I'm almost totally screwed. The entire structure of the piece relies on careful planning and even more careful execution of that plan. To keep it simple, balance is what will hold this piece together. With only 30 minutes a day, I have no choice but to be slow and intentional with planning this piece in hopes that the work will be better because of it.
If you're interested in learning more about my warping process, please let me know in the comments and I will post a more in depth explanation in the future.