Thursday, September 9, 2010

Paper and Linen

This is a longer, many-flowered piece.  I made it on the barn loom.   It took so long to finish that I thought it must be at least 8 ft long as I unwrapped it from the loom's front beam.  The flowers that were wound into the apron were pressed flat as if they'd been in a flower press.  I spritzed them with water spray, and they perked right up. 

As for its extraordinary length,  it's a mere 5 feet long, and just 13 inches wide, a narrow textile.  I call it a banner, or a ribbon. The birch twig hanger was selected, trimmed and smoothed.  The woven linen tabs at the top look really nice with the twig.  Yes, details like this please me very much.

Between the loom and the south window is the best light to take photographs.  I'll post it on my Etsy shop, and then find a place to hang it here in the workshop.  I collect my push pins,  step ladder,  monofilament,  climb up and down,  adjust the light,  and don't drop the camera!

Maira Kalman illustrated  the classic Wm. Strunk, Jr. and  E.B. White,  Elements of Style, which I keep near.

14 comments:

Gloria Freshley said...

Susan, the banner is very beautiful and I really appreciate your attention to detail. Gloria

AnnaR said...

Your work is wonderful!
I like very much your woven flower, they are so inspiring (and unfortunately I am not able to do something so nice...)!
AnnaR

Susan said...

Thank you, Gloria.

AnnaR, I looked at your blog and you have good weaves. Thank you for looking at my work here

barbindell said...

Its stupendious--I love the olive

Kathryn said...

Beautiful piece, Susan! I also love Maira's work, so free and spirited! I saw her show here in SF recently with a lot of her collections included. Amazing!

DEEP END OF THE LOOM said...

I really love the way this banner turned out. The colors are subtle and striking at the same time. Really lovely work.

Marianne said...

Wow, the more I research the things I love to do most, such as weaving, I am finding other like minds with beautiful, inspirational products. Wow again, if only I can make something like it one day.

Susan said...

Barb, Ha! Ah-love the Olive. It could be a bumper sticker.

Kathryn, I'm so glad you like Maira K. too. She's a true creative, and a reliable inspiration

Deep, Oh, thank you.

Marianne, It is a wonderful world of weaving. You can make anything you can imagine.

ymymmytm said...

Beautiful!

Entre Nous said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this :}

Helen (Secret Lentil) said...

Oh! So lovely! The combination of strength with the air and light, such wonderful balance. I love this.

Sara Lechner said...

just wonderful. I just discovered your blog and love it. will follow.

Katja Maki said...

So beautiful!! I love the textures and the combination of materials and your work!!

SweetbriarStudio (Christie) said...

I just came over from Spirit Cloth...I am just about to get back into weaving on a small scale at first. I absolutely love this piece. It's wonderful! Thank you for the inspiring photos :).