Drowning in Saori blogs and weaving videos

I want one of these! Such a simple design, yet genius.

Somehow it’s really satisfying watching this video. My weaving process is never that smooth and well engineered.

Right now I’m trawling through hundreds of blog posts about Saori weaving (who knew that people who weave really like to write about it too) and looking for different ways that people interpret the Saori philosophy.

I may have also diverged from my original plan for the day and started watching youtube videos on weaving. So much material and not enough time…

Drowning in Saori blogs and weaving videos

Creative process is not linear

Efficiency is trying to creep into the creative process. I notice that often one is expected to start with a brainstorm and research, pick an idea, sketch, take it to photoshop and voilà, have a finished design. I’m not sure if anybody works like this and if it is the norm, then I will be in trouble. I have never been able to stick to a linear process. Creativity is just not supposed to be efficient, because every idea has its own life cycle and will take time to mature. I think that we are expected to be very busy and constantly bring out new innovations, when people would get more pleasure out of good things that don’t happen very often. Like eating strawberries only when it’s summer.

As a part of my thesis plans, I tried to visualise my creative process and this is what I came up with:

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There are many opportunities for turning back, working in circles and even returning to the start line. Also sketching doesn’t play a large role. I usually have something that looks like a 3-year old’s drawing in the corner of my diary and that’s that. It doesn’t matter though, because it’s for me to understand and I resent having to produce sketches just to validate my work. I know sometimes there is a place for them, but personally it’s not my thing. I much rather fiddle with different fabrics/yarns/fibers/metal hardware etc. and then get to work.

For the past couple of years I have been obsessed with copper thread that has originally been meant for electrical work. I don’t know why it has stuck with me for so long and I prefer to keep it a mystery to myself. I love the colour, the shine and the fact that one can shape it. I didn’t start any of the following artworks with sketches, I just had lots of copper thread and began to crochet, knit or weave with it. More conceptual ideas came afterwards. This autumn I was sure I had finished with the material and that it had ‘come full circle’. However now I am kind of tempted to try again with it.

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Creative process is not linear

Learning through mistakes

Time is a tricky thing with big projects. I looked at the calendar and it appears that I have about 4 months to do my thesis in. It wouldn’t be so bad if I didn’t have 5 or 6 other projects on the go as well. However I think I need The Fear.

So I’ve been warping* an electronic loom for a couple of days now in an attempt to really get into the practical part of my thesis work. At first I thought I would just slap some warpthreads on and get weaving. I also had this clever plan for avoiding the backbreaking part of threading the warp through 16 heddles. Didn’t really work as planned, but I learned some important lessons:

  1. Don’t warp a loom when tired. It will never work.
  2. How to rescue the warp after losing the weaving cross. Twice.
  3. There really is no need to be afraid of wasting warpthread. Mistakes happen and most of the time it is possible to save the situation.
  4. You can put a new warp on by leaving a bit of the old warp, then tying new warp threads on them and then just pulling the new warp through the heddles. Saves so much time.

Still I ended up making so many mistakes (was very tired), that I had to go through the process of threading the warp anyway.

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See all that white thread on white thread. Not a fun process.

Some genius engineer could do the world of weavers a favour and re-invent the loom, so that this doesn’t need to done the way it’s been done for the past 1000 years. My spine will thank you.

*For those who don’t know what I’m talking about, here is a blog with very good pictures: http://trashmagination.com/threading-a-warp-on-a-floor-loom/

Learning through mistakes