MoCC Portland Residency | Beaming the warp
I arrived at the museum in the morning ready to spend the day getting set up for two whole weeks of weaving. This was my first chance to meet the exhibit’s curator Namita Gupta Wiggers in person and discuss the arrangement of the working space with her and the exhibit coordinator Kat Perez. Both made me feel very welcome and I am starting to realize the gift that the next two weeks really represents – time to weave.
The loom is placed near the entrance of the museum which will give visitors the opportunity to observe my project as it progresses. I am actually kind of intrigued with the idea of working in a public space and what kinds of encounters I will have. Although I am warming to the idea of weaving in public, it is more than a little intimidating to be weaving in such close proximity to Peter Collingwood’s “Macrogauze 119” and a “Tree Bark” by Theo Moorman. (Both pieces once belonged to Laurie Herrick who brought both Collingwood and Moorman to Portland to teach workshops in the early 1970’s.) The gravity of such a situation may be lost on the non-weaver, but those who understand…well, maybe I am over-reacting, but man they are pretty amazing!
Much of the morning was taken up with counting heddles and preparing to beam the warp onto the back of the loom. In the afternoon I began beaming…and beaming…and then beaming some more. By the end of the day what was a jumbled pile of braided threads became a neatly wound warp ready for threading tomorrow. With some luck I may even be weaving late tomorrow afternoon.