Sunday, 17 February 2008

Discipline and balance

I am still working out how to weave bold colour areas without it looking clunky. Blending background colours is easier because I can get away with a lot more when the colours are a close blend. Contrasting wefts on the other hand show up the mistakes like a spotlight.

Because weaving is systematic and you have to work from the bottom up, you are not afforded the luxury of going back and correcting a mistake (apart from really minor ones) unless you unpick your way all the way back down again and re-do it. Unless you are just playing around and experimenting, you need to have an idea of what you are setting out to do early on. That discipline is something that I really love about tapestry.

The tapestry is constantly evolving its look. I can't always tell in its early stages whether it is working or not. It is always useful to stand back and look at the balance of the whole thing. Continuing the recurring themes adds visual structure and strengthens the dynamics. I have just added some more black areas and it instantly transforms this sample. Definitely a good move.

One challenge of weaving a designed tapestry is that there are several conversations going on at the same time with different structures and different patterns. Learning to stay on top of it all and keep it going at the same time is the tricky part. The more time that I spend weaving, the more the materials are teaching me how they work, rather than me trying to impose my design ideas on them.

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