Upon receiving an introduction to the second trimester modules ('Sampling and Development and Research' and 'Marketing Skills'), this week has largely been filled with feelings of overwhelm, anxiety and lack of confidence.
Naturally, lists have been made to better understand the desired assessment outcomes and familiarise myself with the module handbooks. Using this information and tutor feedback from previous assignment, I have developed an outline brief proposal.
With an urge to throw myself into the experimentation and devise a way to move onto a loom for my tapestry weaving, I dedicated a day to try an and warp a table loom at Sion Hill Campus. Using a very useful, well explained and calming YouTube video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVjOF4cfc-Y) I was able to have the loom successfully warped (!) by lunch time. After lunch, I began weaving and using scrap yarn to understand the workings of the loom and plain weave.
I am very proud and pleased with what I managed to achieve in one day, self taught using just a YouTube video as a guide. I used my instinctive understanding and felt empowered by my days work. As a result, I have gained confidence to continue to test and experiment using the loom and look forward to returning to it next week.
Next I hope to using a much finer weft to understand what form the weave will take using an unbalanced structure (thick warp, thin weft) in the hope that this will provide some insight into how to achieve the woven finish that I achieved on the tapestry hand looms in the previous module.
I would also like to answer some of the following questions:
- How to determine reed sizes?
- What is the EPI of the tapestry samples I produced?
- I am very comfortable with the weight and texture of the tapestry samples and want to figure out how to replicate this on the loom to speed up the process and open the sheds using the 4 shaft loom as opposed to a ruler!?
- Can I get heddles that will fit the thickness of warp I wish to use?