I love being able to glimpse into the process of other weavers. The longer I weave, the more I regard the craft as something more subjective in its mastery. There are always multiple ways of reaching the end result, but it is the journey, in all of its idiosyncrasies that is often overlooked.
For a long time, I would always fear I was doing something “wrong” when it came to making art. When I studied fashion, I felt the mode of thinking leaned strongly towards “one right way” of doing things. Sewing teachers can be ruthless! When I forgo the fashion department and instead embraced textiles in college, I was instantly flooded with this feeling of FREEDOM. In retrospect now, I wish there had been more structure in the teaching of technique, but at the time, it was exactly what I needed: someone to show me the basics and then LEAVE ME ALONE.
Now, 5 years post-art school, I find myself still hungering to learn more technique, different technique, alternate methods, and further exploring my own idiosyncratic methods. Weaving is such a personal process, I think mainly because of how time-intensive it is. You are there. It is slowly emerging. It’s just you and the weaving, together, growing, for as long as it takes. Time is what intimidated the most about weaving when I first started. How would I ever stand it? But, 15 minutes into winding my first warp, headphones on, I was in it. In the zone. It was almost like I existed outside of time when I wove that first piece. It is still a feeling that creeps in. I love that feeling.
This video gave me that feeling too. I found it through Rebecca Mezoff’s blog, and it is a beautiful depiction of the tapestry process, from inspiration to finish. The video is, Jilly Edwards: How to weave from an original design. I only hope one day to have a loom that large and fingers that fast!