So much has happened in the last two weeks that I have barely had time to think. I had three pieces accepted into the 2011 Graduate Exhibition, two pieces juried into a show at the Greenville Museum of Art, and one piece juried into the Rebel 54 show at Emerge gallery. I placed 3rd in the textiles category in the Rebel show, but I have yet to find out what, if anything, I was awarded in the museum show. That has been a debacle in and of itself. I was selected to be in the show if I framed my pieces. I am a little insulted and of the impression that if the juror did not like how my work was finished, then it should not have been selected to be in the show in the first place. Anyway, I do not want to have to back out of the show, so I am currently working on framing the pieces selected.
As for my current work, lets just say that it has been delayed. Trying to plan a wedding and go to graduate school full time has been difficult, and in the past two weeks I have gotten very little done. My pickup double weave is only a third of the way finished. I realized that there was going to be no feasible way that it got done in time for Rebel submissions, so I decided to halt work on that and finish my mashed potato scarf. I have yet to pick back up with it. I also encountered a problem with my yarns and beating. Some of the yarns that I had decided to use were slubbed yarns, which means instead of the ideal 15 picks per inch, I am getting about 25-30 picks per inch. So there are parts of the piece that are twice as long as originally intended, meaning I am at serious risk of running out of warp. So, I had to rip some of it out and reweave it with a regular 5/2 cotton yarn in hopes of conserving warp space.
I did manage to complete my mashed potato scarf, albeit unsuccessfully since it has two weaving threading errors in it.
Currently, it is stretched out on my table covered in mashed potatoes and thickened dye.
I also started and finished a bead weaving, a process that I like a lot despite the fact that it can be frustrating at times. The image comes from a year book photo of my grandmother. I have beads on order to start on of my grandfather, but what I am going to do with them remains unseen. They need to be placed into some sort of environment, and I have a couple ideas, but nothing that I am exceedingly excited about.