Thursday, October 25, 2012

21cm to go!

Yep, 21cm to weave of this tapestry!  Eeeep!  You'll have to tilt your head to the side to have a look at the correct orientation, as I'm typing this at work, and I don't have Photoshop here to flip the image :P

It's been a crazy few weeks ... work has been awful (my boss was retrenched, which we're still upset about), and the stress is mounting to get my tapestry finished for the November 21 deadline. 

I want to finish weaving at least a week before posting, as it takes a long time to finish everything off.  I'm still stitching the cross stitch that will be attached to the tapestry - I have no idea how that's going to turn out! 

Anyway, on another note ... I *really* want to buy a (horizontal) weaving loom early next year.  I'm looking at the Ashford 16 Shaft Table Loom, with a stand so it has treadles.  Well, my business name is Threefold Designs - I'd like to make it literally threefold:  cross stitch / weaving / tapestry.  I've been looking around, and there doesn't seem to be any hand weavers out there who do gothish designs ...

I'm looking forward to making millions of tea towels and scarves to get some practise before I can figure out how to weave skulls :P 

I think that all the stuff that has been happening at my day job has made me re-evaluate what I really want to do with my business.  I'd love to sell my cross stitch kits, but I'm finding it difficult to crack the market (I'm even thinking of selling off all the large kits and just selling the patterns - there's no profit in the kits!).  My artwork will be my side-project, but it's not exactly a practical business venture.  Weaving, on the other hand, is far more commercial than my other work - what do you think??

Anyway, the clock's just ticked over, so I'd better get started with my day job ... the corporate world beckons :P


Friday, October 12, 2012

the last couple of weeks ...

Life's been too hectic for blogging, so here are some pics in lieu of too many words ;)

I have changed my dreads! They are now peacock / mermaid dreads (I haven't decided which is more appropriate), with Crazy Color Peacock Blue and Crazy Color Violette hair dye.

How I wear them when I want them out of my face:

Close up, in the sun to show you the brightness of the colours - woah there!

View from the front of our house - not bad, huh? :P

My finished tapestry sampler - we had to weave a face. I added grey to my usual black and white face palette - I'm pleased with it!

This weekend will be two days of intensive tapestry weaving ... as well as doing the next Elements Of Design assignment. Not sure whether all Diploma Of Tapestry students know this, but the course will be changing in 2014 - please contact Cathy if you're not aware!

Regardless, I have decided to do my 4th year over 2 years to lessen my workload, and will be taking at least one day off work a month to concentrate on getting some art pieces done for a future exhibition I'm aiming for in 2014. These will all be part of the Goth/Deathrock Subculture series, and will be a combination of woven tapestry and cross stitch on canvas. I'm so excited!!