SUMMER 2019 WEAVING CHALLENGE

WHAT'S A WEAVING CHALLENGE?

Every month or two, we feature a challenge contributed by a different weaver. Our challenges are basically homework assignments designed to introduce a unique approach to a woven project, and get you thinking about the craft in a new and different way. It's great motivation to try something you might not have otherwise. Complete and submit the current challenge (instructions following the challenge description) for a chance to be featured on our Instagram feed! Read on for more! 


SUMMER 2019 WEAVING CHALLENGE: DOODLES!

Contributed by Anna Hadas

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Hello! My name is Anna Hadas and I'm hosting The Weaving Kind Summer 2019 Challenge. I'm excited to have the opportunity to bring back the challenges that have been such pivotal guides and motivators for me.

I started weaving in 2014, and was immediately taken with the experience of turning fiber into fabric. My first love was the mystery of rendering image on the loom. I was lucky to take a tapestry class with Rebecca Mezoff at Penland School of Crafts, which opened my world of possibilities.

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When not weaving, I work as a middle school teacher. Children of that age have such a playful world approach, vast imaginations, and lack of self-restraint. Over the years, I've kept many of my students' marginalia drawings. These quick sketches can be so funny, un-self-conscious, and charming.

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Weaving can be a frustrating medium. The woven image must be planned ahead with attention to detail. It develops only in one direction, from top to bottom, as though appearing from a printer. Mistakes must be noticed and corrected immediately. There is no turning back, no erasing, no painting over. With each weft pass, earlier segments of the work becoming more locked; fixed and permanent.

Winter's stable ice has thawed and the spring rain boils releasing summer steam. To honor this frisky, careless season I propose Doodles as the theme of this challenge.

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This season, I challenge you to approach your work with a "doodle" mindset. This can take many forms. Try weaving absentmindedly. Start your work without a plan. Make something that can be achieved quickly. Alternately, you can attempt to render a doodle you drew, or a doodle you enjoy, in woven form. There are many other ways to approach doodle-weaving - and you are encouraged to explore. I can't wait to see what you make!

Woven Doodle Page by Arna Ottarsdottir

Woven Doodle Page by Arna Ottarsdottir

Tiny Tapestry by Sarah C. Swett

Tiny Tapestry by Sarah C. Swett

100 Day Project (2016) by Jillian Bass

100 Day Project (2016) by Jillian Bass

HOW TO COMPLETE THE CHALLENGE:

  • Make a piece of woven art along the theme of "DOODLES."

  • Send a photo of your completed piece to submit@theweavingkind.com by August 31, 2019. Your photo should fit into Instagram’s square format without borders. Avoid using extreme filters. Submissions are selected for our Instagram feed in part based on image quality, so make sure your photo is in focus and well lit. Please include the image as an attachment to your email rather than sharing via Google Drive, Flickr, etc.

  • Include your Instagram handle.

  • Write a few sentences about the challenge. What was your inspiration for your piece? What did you find valuable about this challenge? What was difficult? How will what you learned inform your practice going forward?

  • By submitting, you are granting The Weaving Kind to showcase your photo (with credit to you, of course) on Instagram, our website, and other relevant materials.

  • If you post about this month's challenge on your own feed, use the hashtag #twksummer2019 to make it easy for everyone to find your photo.