For many months, I have been working on a new Woven Woman that is based on Rumi’s poem:
‘We came whirling out of nothingness
Scattering stars like dust…..
The stars made a circle
and in the middle
I wove the words on the magical narrow band loom that my son and I created- LINK
using a double slotted rigid heddle.
To weave the letters, I graphed out my hand writing and experimented until the letters wove up in a pleasing manner, both technically, and aesthetically.
I also used the dragonfly and star looms that I designed for Dewberry Ridge looms – LINK
And, I included some tatting, too.
I made the face and hands from 1/2 inch plywood and the backdrop from 1/4 inch plywood.
She’s a departure from the direction I have been going with my Woven Women, so I really questioned myself about her.
She spent quite a long time on the dining room table as I moved her component parts from here to there.
And now, completed, she measures 11 inches wide and from the top of the arch to the tassel at her hem is more than 60 inches.
But, I feel really drawn to weave words right now, so I will continue to do more….
The next Woven Woman is on the loom already. 🙂