my previous post, explained in words (few)
my recent foray into teaching myself some new skills…
lets try a little more description and some pretty pikkies to go with the words…
cotton warp, newspaper weft (which is way too thick for the warp)
there’s been a bit of buzz recently about
oops…. not THAT shifu…
the shifu that literally means paper yarn.
an ancient japanese technique which involves a beautiful, but fittingly time consuming and technical process of spinning paper into yarn.
being a poor art student (sigh), i was sad not to be able to attend any of the wonderful workshops held by beautiful silks, during the recent natural dyes symposium, amongst them, a shifu class run by velma bolyard
being a financially poor, but creatively RICH art student, i decided that id teach myself this incredible craft
and with a huge nod to the masters in japan, who would be horrendously aghast at my undisciplined efforts, i started from scratch.
first, i needed to learn to spin.
in order to learn to spin, i needed a spindle…
as explained in my previous post, i cobbled together something using a trolley tyre from a local hardware supplier, along with a piece of dowel, two rubber bands and a cup hook
and a heap of help from the internet about “how to spin using a drop spindle”.
before long (a lot shorter time than i thought) i had lumpy funny yarn…
moving right along, no time to sit still…
next i raided the fireplace stash of newspapers…
and spun some colourful yarn.
2 days later,
back in sculpture class,
i decided that i probably needed a “better” spindle,
so i used the tools available
and whipped up these…
but successful none the less
and after a lot more reading and looking and cutting paper in various ways to get one long continuous strand,
i finally had something that, although definately not up to japanese shifu master standard,
i am completely happy and proud to have achieved…
i am looking forward to taking this new skill and turning my shifu into artworks that will satisfy both my sculpture and printmaking folios and that will make me happy
and hopefully mr hardie will be excited that there’s another weaver in the family, who is hopefully not going to be executed for her craft!!!