In the image above you can see I am working on a large scale piece. As part of my contract I chose to weave on a large scale. The final measurements of this piece is approximately 8'x4'x2'. Within this contract I have been able to successfully determine what I need to do in order to weave on a large scale and how my process has changed since I have picked weaving back up. This sculpture is made with Crepe Myrtle branch, a variety of reed, ceramic hoops, and sea grass. This has been an incredible experience challenging what I think I am capable of accomplishing, not overthinking, and simply work and let that work evolve to the final form.
Above is an image of a new weaving composition. The technique used is called random weave. Essentially this technique is an advanced version of the traditional over-under weave. It differs because traditionally the weave would appear static and consistent, but in this case the material is allowed to express motion and each strand of reed relies on the other strands in order to make a stronger form. This method of weaving is very much like that of birds nests. Knowing this, I am trying to act like a bird would as far as choosing materials, what is available, and what is necessary for strength and durability. I have also decided to leave this sculpture outside so that the weaving materials may respond to the elements.