Saturday, March 6, 2010
Thoughts on Painted Warps
painted warp with mauve weft
looking ahead at the colours to come
Originally I'd pulled a brilliant turquoise to use as weft on this warp, but once I got it on the loom realized that the shades were too greyed to go with the pure almost cyan of the turquoise.
Instead I used Kelp for the first two scarves, then switched to Mauve for scarf number 3.
The last section of warp has a lot of a greyed green in it so it will be back to the kelp for the weft on that one.
When I first started thinking about having Teresa paint my warps I sort of agonized over it. I should do it all myself, right?
I mean, I use commercially dyed yarns, why shouldn't I use yarns that had been specially painted for me by another artisan?
There is nothing quite like a painted warp and having another artisan do it for me has been a wonderful exchange of creativity. Besides which, Teresa is a talented dyer with a dye studio.
I'm not nearly so confident I could do as lovely a job as what she has been doing for me plus I really don't have the room to set up a dye studio that would accommodate 10 yard long warps.
There are times when - as artisans, craftspeople, whatever label one chooses - that we think we have to do everything all by ourselves. The thing is, the process of making textiles is such that there are a number of skilled jobs required. Some aspects of the process are much more interesting than others. While I can make yarn 'not white' I don't have the colour sense to create attractive colour combinations in a painted warp type of format.
I can work with already dyed yarns and combine them in interesting ways, but I don't really want to work with dyes the way Teresa does.
Neither do I want to take the time to sew with my fabric. I did it, it's true, but it really isn't where my heart is. So for a number of years a friend did my sewing for me.
My talent, such as it is, is in the taking of the yarns and combining them to create a textile. People say to go with your strengths. Well, I've determined that my strength is in weaving, not in painting warps or sewing.
Life is too short to mess about doing things one doesn't really enjoy. Especially when there are other talented people who do enjoy it and can do it so much better than I can.