When I was out on a walk today I likened my steps to spinning as I watched the beautiful red and yellow leaves spiralling from the trees
Step, step, step, twirl, twirl, twirl. The thread builds on the spindle as the steps of the walk build into the homecoming. I want to try spinning whilst I am walking; my fingers seem to know how to work the spindle without me looking too much. I wonder whether the pace of the walk will influence the spindle or the other way around.
Spinning is both a meditation and a fascination to me that its possible to ‘make yarn’ from a bundle of fluff and I am always drawn to the spindle. The connection for me with earlier peoples using similar equipment to me to make similar yarns fills me with community, connection and continuence.
I love this image, thread warped up and waiting; the possibilities are now endless to what happens next. Its a quiet time reflecting on what these warps will hold, and how they will respond to my hands and to each other as I begin to challenge them but allow them a voice of their own. The outcome is almost completely unknown to me; as a new weaver I am experimenting with the materials that I am using and its always a surprise to see what happens, that’s what is so exciting about textiles; the materials have a voice as individuals but also as a collective.
I have decided to use my blog as a point of reflection in these times. I have started to weave this year; not an unusual move as my interest in the fundamentals of cloth itself has been a profound factor in my research for many years and continues to be so. The making of cloth has focused me on the process itself and teaching myself to spin both on a drop spindle and a wheel has informed my ideas around my love of earth to object more fully. Hand stitching is still an important part of my practice and I feel that the hand stitching informs my weaving and my weaving informs my stitch. Growing, processing and using my own dye plants is also included and important to me.
I am working on some ideas for work that will be part of an exhibition in Coventry cathedral in the spring of 2018. We have two plinths each 40cm x 40 cm. I am thinking of having one in colour using the colours of the Piper window and one very pale with natural colours that will work with the beautiful surrounds of the chapel we have been allocated.
We created a quiet calm space for our Quinary exhibition at the London show. We had some wonderful visitors and extraordinary comments about the work. All new work this show now moves on to Harrogate. Our next challenge awaits us – we have work to make for the wonderful Coventry Cathedral in the spring of 2018. I am challenging myself with some tapestry weaving and hand stitch.
I am part of the Quinary exhibition at the Spring Knitting and Stitching show in London. The show goes up on Weds 1st March and is open on Thursday 2nd of March at 10.00 am to the public. This exhibition is on tour and will be visiting London, Bath and Edinburgh. An exciting variety of work, this collection demonstrates the sensitivity of the group to cloth and stitch. Come and visit us on Stand number TG4