Posted by Peg in South Carolina
I recently read about Susan Jarmain on Nigel’s blog. Go here to read the entire post.
Susan is a Canadian weaver who uses silk as her fiber and ikat as one of her techniques. What caught my attention was the fact that she uses a very small portable loom to make what Nigel refers to as mini-mockups of her larger pieces.
The loom is unbelievably simple. It is nothing but a piece of foam board with pins angled in at top and bottom from which to wind the warp. She needle-weaves the weft. Nigel describes these mock-ups as pretty accurate. Nigel has an image of her setup on the blog post I linked to above.
Go to Susan’s website to see some of her work.
I am fascinated. But I simply cannot imagine plotting out a large piece using this kind of small scale loom. Even doing this in black and white or black, white and gray. Yet artists do that very thing. How would I do it? Perhaps I just have to try it to find out.
I have been thinking for quite some time about the possibility of combining ikat and crackle. Go to this post written in 2007 for how I was thinking then: Leaving the Comfort Zone No, I have not yet left the comfort zone…….