Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Flowery May





Wild cherries are among the first to blossom in the spring in the Wisconsin woods. Most people
around here call them "Flowery May." When my friend's May baby was born, I tried to convince her to name the little girl Flowery. She smiled tolerantly, and named her baby Frances.

I try to translate my thrill at seeing Flowery May into linen and paper weaves. The gray linen warp threads are like the leafless trees and bark, and the suspended white flower are made of crisp, white, fluttery Finnish paper yarn. I also weave a soft focus gauzy window weave on the same warp, paperless, with wandering threads, a different version of the same dream.

5 comments:

Gwen said...

Thank you so much for your encouraging words on my blog today! It's like you read my mind - in fact, I have gotten kind of stuck, and so I let general life busy-ness draw me away from my loom... I am off to visit my Grandmother for a few days, but will quit procrastinating and get back on the loom when I get home! I may even take scissors to it, as you suggested! ;)
Thanks again! :)
Take care,
Gwen

Brittany Noel said...

These pieces you've been working on reflect this part of spring perfectly. Flowery May, I love the words.

sosser said...

translated beautifully. so very well done.

Alison said...

Every time I see a picture of your linen and paper weaves, I think "wow!" It doesn't get old. Thanks for sharing it!

Susan said...

I'm at the end of this warp, but I want to keep working with paper. Warping for 6-10 pcs encourages me to stay with an idea, and to make a series of related pieces, more than, say painting a series of paintings would. I like that about weaving. And thanks for your
thoughtful comment.