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Sunday, 12 October 2014

Weaving by the Sea and Some Lichen

Apologies for the lack of posts recently, I have just returned from 2 wonderful weeks in northern Spain. The first week was spent with Tim Johnson on a ("basket") weaving course, aptly named weaving by the sea. I put basket in quotes as that was probably the one thing I didn't make. I went with the intention of learning Tim's methods so I could interpret his methods into textiles and mixed media pieces. The 7 and 9 stand braiding was really interesting but is very slow, I expect I will make some fabric bowls using it but don't expect it to be commercially viable to make these professionally.

The second half of the week was spent on freeform or chaos weaving which I loved and can see myself using some of the willow stored in my garden to make some mixed media sculptures. Tim was an amazing teacher, he is incredibly knowledgeable and keen to share what he knows. His fine art background brought a different flavour and an unexpected freedom to what we made under his tutelage, he was very keen that we move away from making functional objects and experiment with different forms.

Here are a couple of photos I took during the course but more can be found (including a few of me ;o/) by following the weaving by the sea link above.



Mr TB joined me for the second week which we spent touring northern Spain and walking in the Catalonian National Park, Aig├╝estortes i Estany de Sant Maurici, according to Wikipedia this translates to "The winding streams and lakes of St. Maurice". We certainly followed a stream for most of our trip so this seems quite apt. The views in the park were absolutely stunning and so varied. In the space of just 7 km (about 4 miles) we found ourselves walking through woodland, along the banks of a stream, across pastures, sitting by a huge serene lake and always with mountains providing a majestic backdrop.





Even with all this beauty on such a grand scale, it was some lichen growing on a tree trunk that caught my creative attention and this is what I have been working on since we returned.





I like the lichens and the tassely bits but think I might repeat this piece with the bark represented using strips of cut-away resist.

5 comments:

  1. Lovely and inspiring holiday you have! Lichens are always fascinating for me, such variety of forms and subtle colours...

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  2. Very inspirational! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. I love the textures and Colours in this piece

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  4. I think the blog just ate my first comment - sorry if there are two. Looks like a fun workshop and I am looking forward to see how you add these techniques into your work. Love the lichen - one of my favorite inspirations. :)

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