Another box of homework.
This year's class has included a letter to me with their homework, many of them outlining the lessons learned that aren't shown in the weaving/samples.
To me those lessons are the most valuable of all because the biggest lesson to learn is how to think about the creation of textiles. In today's box of goodies was another letter, this time telling me a little bit about her history with textiles, which I found very interesting. But I also found her conclusion heartening as well:
"I am satisfied that the learning experience is the most valuable lesson from this course. I may have lots to learn but have learned a lot."
Which was pretty much my conclusion after completing the Guild of Canadian Weaver's Master Weaver program. It was also the conclusion nearly all of the people who have completed the GCW program came to.
Learning how to weave, to create textiles suitable for their purpose, the many different kinds and qualities of cloth, is a life long journey. No one will ever know everything there is to know about the construction of cloth. But we can all learn a lot, even while knowing there is so much more to learn.
It is what keeps me going back to the studio, keeps me trying new things, exploring the interaction between warp and weft, colours, weave structures. It's what keeps me sharing, teaching and exploring the craft. It is an experience I treasure, along with the people I have met along the way.