As a weaver, I typically use a floor loom to hand weave home goods and accessories. For this sketchbook project I wanted to incorporate my own sense of fiber craft within paper pages. I used simple weaving and embroidery techniques to illustrate a variety of weaving looms on each page. For instance, the first page represents a circular hoop weaving and the second page mimics a triangular loom style. Since paper is usually considered flimsy, it is almost ironic that the paper pages of the sketchbook are able to hold thread taunt enough to weave on. This sort of contradictory theme is continued as I use needle and thread to add color and texture to the pages rather than the traditional pen or paint. Cut out windows allow a peek at consecutive pages, but each page is also a stand alone work. The simple, minimal designs on each page reflect order and structure as a natural characteristic of the craft of weaving itself. Page three is an interactive page for the viewer to carefully turn the floating cardboard to an upright position to demonstrate the opening of a shed. Blues represent calm, similar to the relaxing nature of weaving as an artist repetitively weaves a thread in and out of a warp. But, in contrast, the gold adds more energy and adds a pop of shine. The final page is a small reflection of me as the artist. It is a self-portrait that represents growth and discovery in my own personal style as I complete another project in my artistic journey.
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