|Molly Elkind, Tapestry Diary 2018 (in progress)|
And so I've stuck with that. When we moved to New Mexico in April I made the weaving wider, for the bigger sky out here. I've learned to weave the letters on the fly, without a cartoon, sometimes more successfully than others. My letters are still pretty awkward. But I rarely fix mistakes on my diary.
|Molly Elkind, Tapestry Diary 2018 (detail; in progress)|
And lately I've been wondering, what will I do next year? I did have a great idea that was pretty exciting: to select tapestries from the past and present that have inspired me and weave a small detail study based on one historical tapestry each month. I'd honor my tapestry ancestors and hopefully learn something about how they worked their magic. I made a list of possible tapestries to study and got pretty excited about the art history research I'd get to do. I could start with a Coptic study, move on to a pieces inspired by early Southwestern Native weaving and Peruvian weaving, move through medieval unicorn and millefleur pieces, William Morris and Bauhaus and on up to the giants of the twentieth century: Lurcat, Brennan and so many others. There's more than enough to choose from! It made my geeky heart happy to think of.
And then I looked at next year's calendar. Whoa. Lots of travel and teaching and shows I need to make work for. Do I have time for such an involved project? Maybe not. Sigh.
So I decided that, just as I don't write in my journal every day, but only when I need to, maybe I would just weave small occasional pieces here and there. I've long admired Sheila Hicks' minimes (from French for "minimal"), made on the simplest possible frame loom she took with her everywhere. They are the record of a weaver thinking out loud, little thought experiments.
|Sheila Hicks, Emerging with Grace, 2016|
Over Thanksgiving I took a small loom and some scrap yarn with me and wove on it as I sat and chatted with the family. I played around with color and pick-and-pick. It looks like a coaster, but it was a way for me to get my fingers in some yarn every day, to weave as play.
|Molly Elkind, Minime Nov. 2018 (in progress)|
|Molly Elkind, Tapestry Diary 2018, December (in progress)|