‘Frankie’ by Michelle Driver
2015, woven tapestry, wool and cotton – 19cm w x 17cm h (7.4″ x 6.6″)
If you’re in Adelaide, you can buy my scarves from E For Ethel! I have a few in the shop, including a cotton one just like this one:
I’m weaving these on my ‘new to me’ secondhand 1979 LeClerc floor loom (‘Betty’) – it’s fun weaving plain weave with fine cotton!! These are quite light and drapey, so perfect for all year round.
Instead of sewing with a twist (like my wool ones), I have sewn these into a tube.
As you can see, you can wear them as is, or doubled over – they are 24cm wide x 140cm circumference (approx 9.4 inches x 55 inches).
I had a fantastic time weaving at E For Ethel as part of their ‘Creatives In Residence’ for the Adelaide Fringe Festival yesterday! I was trying very hard not to do my ‘concentration face’ while people were taking photos, haaha!!
Thanks to the lovely people I chatted to, hopefully I’ve inspired some to take up weaving!! For those reading this who are wondering, my loom is an Ashford 8 shaft table loom
2015, cross stitch with wool on canvas – 59cm x 42cm (23.2″ x 16.5″)
This piece took over 100 hours to complete – it is effectively a self portrait, as I took elements from my Astrological birth chart and overlayed them on the spider’s web. The piece was inspired by an art competition that I am entering (the Emma Hack Art Prize), which gave the theme of ‘Humanity In Nature’. I enjoyed the contrast between my ‘slow art’ and the delicate spider’s web which is never permanent.
Here’s the ‘official’ statement for the piece:
Exploring the juxtaposition between instinctive, elemental nature, and the human need to intellectualise these same forces, ‘Identity’ uses Astrology to present the interrelation of humanity in nature.
I will be spending more time this year entering art competitions and trying to get my work ‘out there’ – whether they are accepted or not, it’s the process of creating art and getting it out into the world that is the main thing!
If you’re in Adelaide, make sure you stop by – it’s exhibit no. 1 as soon as you walk in Here’s Anita posing in front of it:
And here’s me in the carpark! (I was too shy to have pictures taken in a very busy gallery)
If you’re in Adelaide, please put a vote in for me in the ‘People’s Choice Award’!
I’m very lucky to live in the City Of Marion which supports the arts
AUD $100 unframed, or I can get it framed for you professionally for about $50 extra.
About 40 hours of stitching time!
Size is 30.4cm x 12cm (11.9″ x 4.7″)
If you would like one stitched in another background colour, please let me know!
I’m super excited and honoured to have been asked to write an article for the prestigious magazine ‘The Wheel’ released by Ashford Handicrafts!!
I have a few Ashford looms in my studio, I must confess! My tapestry loom is an Ashford, as is my table loom and my rigid heddle loom. I also have an Ashford warping board and weaving bench … well, they *are* the best!
One-off artworks are another part of Threefold Designs – here is what is involved with finishing off a tapestry!
Here I am nearly finished the weaving:
I wove it on the side:
Cutting off the loom:
The back of the tapestry looks like a rug! Time to ‘mow and sew’
Next blog entry: the finished tapestry!