Friday, October 23, 2009

For a long time I didn't post anything. I moved to a new place and that involved packing and with it getting rid of things and then unpacking and reorganizing, almost three monts in the new house and didn't finish yet. Yesterday I was reviewing old pictures in the computer and decided to put them here. Some of the works in those pictures are still there, some others don't because, either they were just experimentation or too fragile to survive their making. They are not all tapestries in the traditional sense, but, involve textile materials and techniques and reveal my growing interest in sculpture. Hope my viewers will enjoy watching as much as I do. I also added pictures of my woven pendants. I am very happy to say that they were accepted for sale in the Textile Museum of Toronto's Shop. In the future I will add pictures of my new studio. It is quite smaller than the other one and I doesn't have big windows. I went down from the second floor in the other house to the basement in this one. I expect my inspiration will not go down too.


Thursday, February 5, 2009

My Studio

I added pictures showing my studio. For my tapestries I allways prefer to use frames in different sizes, I can also use any kind of objects as a frame; the Jack Loom is small and I use it for scarves and other small weavings. You will also see a big Leclerc Counterbalance loom. That's the last addittion and it's an antique, made in the early 1900s, it was disassembled and I had to figure out how to put it together because it came without any instructions and they doesn't exist anymore, it's of course very simple but easy to use. I plan to weave carpets on it and I started with a small one. If it works, I will make bigger ones (!!!). You will also see a miniature table loom, that's a jewel found in a garage sale for just $10! it is also I believe from the 1930's and I am not using it , it's just seating there to admire it's beauty.
I feel very lucky as I came to NAmerica in 1996 with just a bunch of frames, an easel, some tools and a box of yarns and in the last years I received amazing gifts: the two floor looms came from the Ontario Crafts Council as a response to an application for a grant to buy just one and they gave me the real thing instead and not only one but two! and the knitting machine came from my Guild and I am still learning how to use it. God gave me the chance to restart at an age when many people think in retirement.
There is also a found object, a press that seems very good to make paper. Also on top of my storage shelving I put a small sculpture I created with paper pulp.

more studio pictures

my studio

This are some pictures of my studio