Every time that I think I am going to finish a project, something inevitably goes wrong. I finished the bead weaving of my grandmother about two weeks ago, and since then, I have been working weaving one of my grandfather as well. However, I got half way through a piece, only to find that there was zero contrast. No image was discernible amongst the beads. It is incredibly frustrating for several reasons. First, I have to order my beads. I cannot simple go to a bead store and purchase them. So, it takes a couple of days to get them in the mail. Secondly, each row of beads takes me 15 to 20 minutes to weave, which means by the time I am half way through a 5x7 inch piece, I have already invested hours worth of work in a weaving. Needless to say, I have to start over. To make it an even more new experience, I am changing my image from just a simple portrait of my grandfather to one of him in his marine uniform.
While I am waiting on my new batch of beads to arrive, my professor is going to show me some bead weaving techniques that result in three dimensional objects and that do not require a loom.
I have also started on the next scarf in my "Resists From the Kitchen" series. This one has a pale blue warp with a navy blue weft that will be over dyed once completely using layers of light corn syrup.
It is also that time of the year again when I get to register for classes. I am not sure how I feel about my choices for Spring 2012. I am taking a Weaving II class that will teach me how to draft patterns using Weave Maker and a three dimensional weaving class that will cover weaving a basic tube, a pulled warp technique, weaving with untraditional materials, and coiling. As I have been told, this is not something that I am going to find in a textbook, so it is worth taking, especially if I ever want to teach at a university level, but 3-Dimensional work is not really my thing. In addition, I am taking a US art history course, which I feel could either be really interesting or really dull and a class at Emerge gallery that deals with resumé writing, gallery installation: all the business aspects of being an artist.