Most of my color use in my weaving has been, admittedly, tied to a limited palette of landscape & architecture and fairly literal. I won’t say it is not inspired or even lyrical, as I often begin in my inspiration for work with the color that comes into my line of vision. But it is dictated by some grounding in an exterior place.
My most recent work has been tied to an inner, metaphoric landscape of emotion that is linked to reality by a figurative silhouette and animated by bees, which have always been the animators of all of my landscapes. In this time of pain I have found my bees to be the language of engagement that works for me. Surrounded by bees when I am safely zipped inside a bee suit, the air is alive with their language and they crawl with great energy all over me. This would be threatening without my protective clothing, but inside the suit I can enjoy their nearness and not worry about imminent pain. My woven bees are, similarly, simultaneously benign and threatening, my protectors and my adversaries.
But the color now can be informed by an interior dialogue of emotion and metaphor. So in winding warps last week for 4 new tapestries in the series, I thought, hmmm, what color? I looked at the yarn shelves in my studio and intuiutively chose carmine reds and sulphur yellows. Out of these will come these stories:
The Burning Barn ( I wove the study two weeks ago)
In My mind’s Eye I am Fine
The Bees Always Swarmed When We Argued (working title)
Here is the photo of the warps as threaded through the reeds. More as it happens.
You’re making me want to uncover my loom and tie on a warp.
How dangerous could that be? a nice midwinter meditation…
Best wishes in the year ahead, Laura. I’ve been so interested to read how your process of weaving and color is built on bee and path metaphors. I weave rugs, and a rug is a path, literally. I was also inspired this summer by a stack of pastel painted bee boxes: my block inlay “boxes” were filled with Rosepath “bees” The idea inside the weave is its essence
just lovely, Susan. Thanks for commenting.