Friday, April 15, 2011
Birch tree almost done
Here I am, back in the Attic in Day 49 of the Woven Tapestry Journal. We are getting to this height that is just a bit uncomfortable. Sometimes i wonder why I just don't want to invest in one of those beautiful Leclerc Gobelin upright looms....where in the commodity of your chair you would just roll up or down your weaving... huh!
I remember in Poland, in the Strzeminski School of Fine Arts where I studied after I Graduated BA in Graphic Design, and under the guidance of great polish teachers, it was just normal to come to any of the textile Studios and admire these HUGE formats being woven for diploma projects. Great names like Antoni Starczewski, Aleksandra Manczak, Kazimiera Frymar-Blaszcyk, and of course my dear mentor and friend Ewa Latkowska-Zychska.
Professor in the Studio of textiles and of Papermaking, which she established in 1997 at the Faculty of Industrial Design Strzeminski Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Łódź.
She works in paper, textile, photography. She wrote numerous texts on art and a volume of poems "Unpainted Poems".
Works of Ewa Latkowska-Żychska in the collections of: Central Museum of Textiles in Łódz, Savaria Museum − Hungary, Centre of the Netherlandes Culture in Gent − Belgium, BWA in Warsaw, BWA in Skierniewice, BWA in Sandomierz, manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology in Kraków, Museum of Contemporary Art in Sarajevo, Collection of Raymond Berg in Geneva as well in private collections.
Artist participated in numerous exhibitions of art in Poland and abroad (ca. 200 shows - selection).
During my time in Poland, I was just able to produce 2 tapestries, which I value dearly for all the learning that they brought to my developing art.
I guess if I cannot have one of those fabulous looms, at least I will keep up my desire to produce large tapestries like this in the way of frame looms. Being able to get close to the polish textile art and its great formats, my vision of weaving just blew my mind and opened my projection towards tapestry and fibre art as a whole.
I better not complain about the uncomfortable sitting, the pain in the arms and shoulders, the insecure way we are getting up there in the skids, etc.
The only thing that is certain that where ever I weave, I have enjoyed each and every part of this process.
I guess working with other assistants and wonderful weavers, the pressure to keep everything safe is an issue at least for me, who has the responsibility of the whole project.
It is in this part, shown above, when we have a taste of gratitude to the process, when we get to the end on one side and we celebrate already!
This left side corner tells us: keep up, you are almost there!
Spring is here, and eventhough the weather hasnt been as warm the sun lets us know for sure that good days and bright sun is soon to come:
Talk to you soon. Greetings from the attic.