Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Japan Day 10 (I think)

I have reached the stage of losing track. I am sure which day we have got to or what day of the week it is. I do know we are off to the island of Naoshima today.

Yesterday we were bussed in heavy rain to the Miho museum which was designed by I M Pei. They removed the top of a mountain, built the museum and put the mountain and its trees back. The result is a stunning museum and the contents are not worthy of it. Lots of lovely autumn colour but I see no point in posting photos of yet more coloured foliage.

We then returned to Kyoto and visited the Raku museum. Lots of rough tea bowls. Then we diverged from the group and visited the Textile Centre. Various changes since last time. The catwalk show is much better organised but the braiding demos along with the demos of cutting stencils out of mulberry paper have gone. I have the impression much more odds and ends are on sale. I had trouble finding the yardage. I did buy some small pieces of silk to take home and study the weaves.

Then packing. I seem to have bought a lot of books without noticing it. Oh well. I can always throw out a few Tshirts.

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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.