Monthly Archives: November 2013

Experimental Tapestry Weaving at West Dean

Experimental Tapestry Weaving at West Dean I was a little nervous about starting the weaving part of the module, so was very pleased to get a place on the Experimental Tapestry Weaving course at West Dean College.  We were shown how to warp up the frame and how to get the right tension.  I marked […]

Tapestry Weaving – visit to West Dean

West Dean Tapestry Studio On my return to UK, I tried to find some introductory weaving courses as I was approaching this part of the module and felt i needed some help.  I was really pleased to find that the timing was right to attend a course at West Dean College. I enrolled on ‘Experimental […]

Notes on Project 8

Notes on Project 8 Did you enjoy inventing constructed surfaces? Were you surprised at the results? I did enjoy inventing constructed surfaces, especially the work I did at the workshop with Louise Baldwin, which gave me lots of ideas to develop. I was surprised at the variety of textiles that could be constricted using frames and […]

Experimenting with creating 3D Forms

Experimenting with 3D Forms Here are some 3D structures I experimented with: Firstly, I wrapped some rice in a plastic bag and covered with cling film.  Then I  tied twine across it, using Soumak knots to change direction, building up the structure.  Then I covered the piece in three layers of diluted PVA glue, allowing […]

Stage 2 Exercise 4

Stage 2 Exercise 4 For this exercise, we were asked to make a grid using rigid materials.  Still in the middle of relocating from Japan to UK, I had to use whatever I could find!  I again decided to use use plastic construction toys to form my rigid grid, binding them with string and then […]

Stage 2 Exercise 3

Stage 2 Exercise 3 First of all, I selected some twigs which were interesting shapes and formed a shape a bit like the Spinnaker Tower when combined.  I joined them together with twine at the ends and then wound twine around them to form a warp.  My intention was to then weave various pieces of […]

Stage 2 Exercise 2

Making braids Braiding has never been ‘my thing’, I even struggled plaiting my daughter’s hair when she was little and french plaits have always been beyond me.  I did, recently have a go at Japanese Kumihimo braiding and found it very relaxing and even quite meditative, once I got the hang of it. I had […]