I have been incredibly busy, working to deadline on a really neat project: The Green Window City project. LINK
13 artists were paired with shops in the Old Strathcona district of Edmonton as part of Earth Day celebrations.
We are each creating an installation in our partnered shop, using stuff that was pulled out of the trash…..
I have been building and weaving like mad….
I can’t show too much until I have the installation up and running.
But – I am going to give a sneak preview of a small tapestry that I have woven for my installation.
I was nervous about using discarded fabric that I cut into strips for the weft of the tapestry- I had NO idea if it would work!
Also, I built the loom (more about that later) and wasn’t sure if it would be alright for tapestry weaving.
On top of all the other unknowns, for the warp, I used hemp yarn that was given to me by someone who gave up on weaving.
Fuzzy, sheddie, hairy hemp yarn? As warp? Bonkers.
I was sceptical when I saw that the cone of yarn was labelled as being warp, but thought- Why not?
This is all about experimentation, and creative adaptive re-use….
So, I warped up the loom:
And then, I cut up strips of fabric and started weaving.
I’ve never used fabric strips to weave tapestry, so I was really quizzical about it at first….
Those are the fabrics that I cut up, and wow…. I LOVED weaving with them!
Its’ very slow, but I was amazed at how well it worked!
I loved it, and I am eager to weave more tapestries with upcycled, re-used, recycled fabric cut into ‘farn’ (fabric yarn).
But, for now, I have to get back to cutting up more t shirts and discarded garments for the banners that I am weaving for the installation.
And, then, back to weaving weaving weaving…. I have 5 more long banners to weave….. oh my!~