I've been away from my blog for a few weeks. Those weeks have been chock full of things, alternating between yucks and hoorays. Preparing for taxes...yuck! Seeing Karole Armitage's dance company perform...hooray! Allergies and sinus issues....absolutely YUCK! Going to a workshop to learn something I've wanted to learn for years.....HOORAY!
Two weekends ago, I headed north to attend a two day workshop to begin to learn Jacquard weaving. I had so much fun! I'll admit that I'm a bit of a nerd girl, so sitting down at a computer to start learning how to use the JacqCAD program in tandem with Photoshop to prepare a digital file for weaving was exciting! And to stand at the Jacquard loom, weaving my sample and seeing the image develop in the yarn was thrilling! The entire weekend, I felt that I was reconnecting to the Megan from about 15 years ago, bridging the gap that has been there. I went through a number of years suffering from a creative block. It was a painful journey, but I did come through it successfully, as if finally walking out of a dark forest after many years far from home. A good friend recently commented to me that it was wonderful to hear me say that I had too many ideas to work on currently. I think the weekend spent at the workshop brought me full circle, connecting with who I used to be when I was a younger woman, in art school and full of ideas, merging with the woman I am now. It doesn't negate the more difficult years, but it does show me that nothing was lost forever, just temporarily. And it's back now.
I was always attracted to the idea of Jacquard weaving as it seemed to tie my love of weaving with my love of imagery. I'd love one day to be able to weave things that I've drawn. I've just registered for the two additional workshops scheduled for this summer. The first one will be drafting weaves and preparing files for woven pieces that have two warps and two wefts. The second workshops will involve three and four wefts. The imagery will be able to become more detailed with more layers added to the structure. I can't wait! It is a bit of a financial pinch for me presently, but any investment in furthering my education is worth it, isn't it? Please say yes, so I can unclench my stomach.