Hey there! So I am excited to announce that the weaving is not only continuing, but it is flourishing. It has been beyond helpful to have been traditionally trained in basket weaving for years before embarking in new ways of weaving and exploring the medium. Like most art mediums once you spend time on learning the basics and refine those practices you then have the tools to explore the uncharted. Having done that back in High School now has become the time to explore. Starting this journey has given me a peace and reassurance that I am where I need to be and this is what I need to be doing.
What you see in the picture above is me weaving with smoked round reed on a branch. This is something completely new to me! There is something quite beautiful about well balanced duality. A coexistence that metaphors my life and process of growth. Although this work is leaning towards the non-objective it also has a personal experience woven into each row that resonates some form of intricate beauty when the basket is finalized. The reed used is a material that has been refined for the purpose of weaving. The branch however had been broken from its source by some natural occurrence and rescued from decay.
Having a straight piece of raw nature that has been cast away and not robbed from its source for selfish purposes is a quiet action. Before the weaving begins you spend time with the branch to see the character, growth, and the breadth within to find what the branch is wanting to evolve into. There is an adventure knowing that these pieces of wood can find new life into a piece of art before decomposing into the earth from which it was once birthed. Hurricane Florence will be coming soon and there is a high chance that here in Anderson and Greenville will get quite a storm out of it. My eyes will be on the look out for branches falling and breaking in hopes that the pieces discarded can be used for this process of weaving. Well, it's time to take advantage of this bright sunny day and go weave some more.