Weaving Lab: 2017

Points of inquiry:   

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1.PRODUCTION

 How many yards of wool cloth can be woven on a floor loom?  

This year we have sourced wool yarn from Blackberry Ridge Woolen Mill in Mount Horeb to weave as many yards as we can get on a loom to make a handwoven, locally sourced and locally produced cloth.   

 

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3.MEDITATION

What meditational value does the act of weaving provide as an act of creation that combines focus and relaxation?   

Often, weavers experience a meditative feeling when weaving. This loom is focused on the repetitive process of weaving in relationship to the mind and body rather than a perfect end product. Community members can sign up for hour-long sessions to learn to weave a rag rug on this floor loom.

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5.DISTRIBUTION

What can we weave without a floor loom?  

Fairbanks has designed a take-away laser cut tapestry loom that visitors can dress with yarn and take home to weave on their own time.  The loom is the size of an iPhone 6 which is portable and invites the audience to participate in material production to offset time we spend on our digital devices.

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2.TIME

How long does it take to weave and how does rhythm relate to the process of weaving?  

For this experiment, we ask our guests to select a full-length vinyl album to listen to on our record player while they weave a tea towel in a directional twill. We will consider both the duration of the album and the rhythm within the songs in relationship to the weaving process.  Community members can sign up for hour-long sessions to learn to weave on this floor loom.

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4.EDUCATION 

How can we explore and invent weave patterns based in math structures?  

Within the limits of a 4-harness loom there are 1000s of loom-controlled patterns that can be achieved. We will use this loom to explore a selection of those patterns, and include color variations to expand the possibilities.