MoCC Portland Residency | With threads in hand…


Today I am beginning to prepare threads for my upcoming residency at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Oregon this spring. I plan to share this project with you on ArtClothText all and hope that you will enjoy reading about my process and the experience of weaving in a public gallery space. I am starting the work here in my studio in Calgary (drafting, winding, tying, staining the warp, and winding the weft) and will finish the work (dyeing the weft, threading and weaving) in Portland.


I plan to weave three panels each measuring 200 x 80 cm (approx) in silk and hemp. The warp will be stained with sumi ink. The two wefts – hemp and silk – will be dyed utilizing local plant materials found in Portland. I will have twelve days to weave the project including warping time. Producing this work in two very different spaces, one private and the other public in two different countries will be a challenge. It will also provide unique and exciting opportunities to engage with people while weaving. It is my hope that I will be able to share with them (and you) my fascination with Laurie Herrick’s exquisite and complex weaving, and my own passion for the contemplative practice of hand weaving.

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22. March 2011 by Mackenzie Kelly-Frère
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