DH&SG Summer Break - Stay Tuned!
Next meeting Saturday, September 5, 2020
"Try Something New" Challenge
Zoom Virtual Meeting
We meet Sept. through May during the year, so there are no official meetings over the summer. BUT! We are using this time to "Try Something New" for a show and tell meeting in September. It could be a new structure or draft, or a new material you haven't worked with before. Whatever each member chooses, we want to see everyone stretching outside of their comfort zone and furthering their learning. Our Sept. meeting is bound to be really interesting! So stay tuned - we look forward to seeing everyone's investigations!
Go to the Calendar Page for more details about location.
2020 - Summer President's Message
The Passing of the Shuttle
Greetings! What have you been up to this summer? Have you been busy weaving, spinning or dyeing? Did you learn a new technique, or take an online class, to generate new creative energy or simply to try something new? It never ceases to amaze me how comforting, peaceful and rewarding it is to create something with our hands. I find the interplay between the technical, mental and physical aspects challenge me, focus my mind and excite me. It usually involves a great deal of problem solving, some spontaneity, and in my case some amount of chance or luck.
Often, I have only a vague idea of what an item will look like when it is finished. Even wonderful tools like weaving software, only convey the cloth you end up with in very broad brush strokes. I keep thinking this might be because I lack oodles of years of experience with weaving, but then I wonder if this happens to experienced weavers as well. Even so, I don’t believe this is a negative thing. I enjoy the fact that some aspect of the final project is still kept secret from me, only to be revealed when I complete all the finishing steps. The surprise of the hand of the fabric after washing, the surprise of the interplay of colors that changes after it is washed and hanging as it will be used, the surprise of how the light reflects or the iridescence. These are surprises that more often than not, make me happy.
I look forward to seeing everyone, virtually, at our meeting in September. Please stay safe and well!
(Photo: some cotton fabric that I dyed with a technique I learned in an online class)