Saturday, September 13, 2014

TWO SMALL TEXTILE MIXED-MEDIA ABSTRACTS, TAPESTRY WEAVING BOOK

"Center Lines"  9 X 13, Lori LaBerge  2014

Work was completed on "Center Lines".  The idea behind this piece was the no passing and passing when safe lines on roadways.  A turquoise blue was used for a solid line and painted washers for a broken line.  This will be part of a six piece grouping of 9 X 13 works. The grays against the orange/yellow mix are a great color combination.  The darker grays make the orange/yellow really pop.

Here you can see the ragged look of the upholstery against the smoothness of the metal pieces.  There is rough, smooth, hard and soft combined.  It is nice to combine various textures, but there is a need to not overdo it.

The above sketch was developed from overpasses on the roadway.  The original plan was to place three washers on the top horizontal section.  I usually place a check mark by the side of drawings in my sketchbook that I would like to use to develop a piece.

"Overpass"  9 x 13, Lori LaBerge  2014

The final work deviated from the sketch as the three washers planned for the upper section made the piece look top heavy and drew the eye away from the brown curves.  I opted for gray lines, the same as the gray at the bottom of the work, through the blue and attached a large washer at the intersection of the curves.  The bottom medium gray and three lighter grays were used.  In keeping with the textured look of the group this piece will go with, upholstery fabric was used in both of the brown sections.


I received a book I had ordered on tapestry weaving this week.  "Tapestry Weaving: Design and Technique is by Joanne Soroka.  I have glanced through the book and have just started reading it.  So far, the instructions seem to be fairly clear.  There are techniques shown for creating various shapes and textures along with design ideas. The photos are beautiful with a section on contemporary tapestry weavers.  There is also information on suppliers and organizations at the end of the book.  I am hoping to take some time this winter to have an at home mini-workshop for myself and experiment with weaving on a small tapestry loom.

It is always good to have something to look forward to.  Plan ahead for your own mini-workshop on a fiber technique you would like to learn and have a great day.

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