reading workshop

weaving: part 1

For my next two entries I will break dow the posts into 2 parts. Part 1 will discuss my experience on the loom and discussions on the readings in class; part 2 will be an account of the workshop working with Laura Devendorf’s and her software AdaCAD.

What an utter pleasure to weave on the loom. I had no idea how therapeutic the act of weaving would be. Our homework was to weave an inch on the floor loom, but had it been a greater length of weave I could envision reaching a meditative state.

For my personal inch I improvised with a left-leaning twill stitch. I had drafted a pattern for a basket weave but discovered whilst making the pattern that I don’t have 3 legs! I went with Rhea to execute the weaving so after we each completed our personals we decided to collaborate and co-weave the basket pattern I had drafted. It turned out to be absolutely beautiful and yielded the powers of collaboration!

A debatably inaccurate draft pattern but a cool result!?
A close up of mine and Rhea’s collaborative weave.

In class we had the opportunity at last to discuss the readings. I really struggle with the acoustics in the classroom so had little awareness of what was being discussed and still feel lost in some of the texts we have covered, in particular Spuybroek’s The Sympathy of Things.

I will follow with a collection of notes from the discussions:

  • Ruskin – the unseen element of work is a form of sacrifice in amateur works and relates to the element of care
  • There is still a hierarchy within craft, i.e. is a hobbyist or is is profitable which brings up the argument of passion versus profit
  • Digital spaces allow for continuous play because risk is eliminated by the ability to “undo” and yet you can still produce with certainty
  • Object alienation: knowledge of craft helps reduce alienation vs. the invisible machine labour that produce objects allows for extreme alienation
  • Risograph is an interesting example of risk vs certainty where the line is blurred. It is a machine that produces desirable errors!
  • All the readings look at how control intersects with material; a common THREAD (HA stop me please)

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