I have been getting to Nature in Art just after 10 and staying until 1700. I get home tired! Last night I wound a warp for the Voyager (8 shafts) to do huck lace using some brown fine handspun wool and took it and the Voyager to the exhibition. The idea was that the public would like to watch me warping up. Me too! It was all very un satisfactory. Being me, the threading is quite complex and I found it difficult to keep my place in the threading plan!! I have got it not quite 50% threaded up. Because I have four slightly different colours of brown, I thought it best to wind four warps and put them on front-to-back. I have rearranged everything so it ought to work better tomorrow.
The Museum has a lovely exhibition of Bookbinding on until May 18th. It is a number of books with highly decorated binding. Very nice - and very informative.
There were lots of visitors and they all wanted to talk. One in particular was a gentleman who started his conversation with 'Explain to me about Textile Art'. He is a watercolour artist (I suspect he may be rather good). The conversation then moved on to artists vs craftsmen. And he very shrewdly said, You are not very sure about that, are you? He never actually said the exhibition was rubbish but I suspect he was being polite. He did say he did not visit many textile exhibitions but he would in future. Oh well!
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- I am weaver and - -. I dye my yarns with acid dyes, I paint my warps, put fabric collages and stencils on my weaving. I have three looms, a 12 inch wide, 12 shaft Meyer for demos and courses, a 30 inch Louet Kombo which is nominally portable but has a stand, two extra beams and a home-made device containing a fan reed. And last a 32 shaft Louet Megado which is computer controlled, has a sectional warp and a second warp beam and I am the proud owner of an AVL warping wheel which I love to bits and started by drilling holes in. I inserted a device for putting a cross in. I have just acquired an inkle loom and had a lesson from an expert so I can watch TV and weave at the same time. I am interested in weaving with silk mostly 60/2 although I do quite a bit with 90/2 silk. I also count myself as a bookbinder with a special interest in Coptic binding.