Thursday, 5 June 2014

Weaving: First Attempt

After two years of owning a loom, I thought it might be time to finally give it a go. I thought I'd just wing it and see what happened (after some not so thorough research into how to start it off with some help from a lady on YouTube and some swift googling of Anni Albers). I've never particularly enjoyed things that can be put under the title of 'crafts' but I wanted to have a go and luckily my inability to knit didn't inhibit me.

Surprisingly, it was really enjoyable. It's very satisfying after you've sorted out the vertical threads (warp, I think) which takes FOREVER, especially when you continually mess it up as I did. It's pretty speedy to get going on a basic weave after that though. I think I'll try it with something a bit heavier next time, maybe some twine or something else that will sit nicely with the extremely vivid red that I bought from Poundland today. I need something that'll take me away from the ultra-twee instruction booklet that came with the loom.

Learning a new skill and a way of working that feels easy is something that doesn't happen all that often so I'm going to make sure that I give this some proper time, despite the inevitable boredom that will set in halfway through my next weave. So often this year I haven't been able to express myself through my work but now I can feel a bit more positive about what lies ahead. 

Trying to take photos in a breezy garden is not the easiest but I do like our ever so slightly peeling mossy concrete wall as a backdrop. 

Saturday, 15 February 2014


Charcoal is something that is not actually that bad. Life drawing was fun yesterday because of 10 second poses and awkward hand drawings.

I also handed over my first commission this week! Let me know if you have any ideas.

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Royal Festival Hall

Yesterday we did drawing at Royal Festival Hall (they have nice food also). This is a drawing that I enjoyed doing there.

Wednesday, 8 January 2014



Hopefully there'll be something new here once a week, this term feels less confusing (three days in) than the whole of the last year and a half. I also finally bought a new scanner so everything should be a lot easier now. 

Please ignore the horrible lack of header image, blogger won't let me upload anything without a horrible fuzzy background.