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New ideas

Lately I’ve been thinking about ways to incorporate rocks into my art practice, so when I arrived home to my parents’ house this week and found a pile of discarded rock pieces, remnants of my dad’s masonry practice, I was super inspired and excited.  Sam and I have fun with them every day, playing with them like blocks.  Here is one fun configuration. I think I like because it looks like a maquette of a gallery set-up.


I don’t usually share my creative process at this point, when I’m really just at the idea and first samples stage of things, but Mirrix has such a rich artist community, so I’d love to treat this like a critique.  I’d love to hear your insights and feedback, now and in the coming weeks, as I share this series.  Below is one of my first samples of a weaving wrapped around a sliced rock.  The plan is to make a bunch of these and just see what ideas bloom.  So, you can expect at least one new one each week for the next little while.  This is not mounted permanently yet since I always think it is important to let a weaving sit for a day before you do any finishing.  So it will be more flush once it’s done.


a weft faced weaving using Mirrix’s hand-painted silk

When making this on the loom I wanted to pull the outside warp ends in gradually but I could only do it so much until I wasn’t able to weave weft faced anymore, so I subtracted the one warp of each side once that started happening.  Below is a picture of my disastrous table, rocks and all.



6 Responses to New ideas

  1. Susan murry - Reply

    June 20, 2014 at 1:05 am

    Looks like that technique would make an awesome shape for a headband. Have you tried using the rock for the actual loom? Warping the rock and weaving a pattern.

  2. Janna Vallee - Reply

    June 22, 2014 at 2:00 am

    Yeah, I had thought of that, but it might take a lot longer for the same result. If I’m ever dead set on having one go all the way around seamlessly that would be the way to go. Thanks, Susan

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