I'm currently participating in "Weave Through Winter," a project led by Helen Hiebert. The idea is to create a paper weaving every single day in February. There are prompts, but I'm ignoring them. As a total paper weaving newbie, I need to focus on simply getting a weaving done every day. Here's what I've made so far:
Looking at these photos I can see that I'm in the technical phase of learning. It's the phase when you're trying to master the precision -- the technical aspects -- of a skill or idea. For most people, the technical phase of learning tends to result in tighter, neater, and less interesting art. But it's a very important phase and should not be rushed or skipped. On the other hand, it's also important not to get caught in the technical phase and stay there forever.
I find that one idea leads to another and another and another! It has taken no time at all for me to become totally obsessed with paper weaving. I'm looking forward to seeing what the rest of the month will bring. I'm hoping that my skills will grow and the ideas will keep flowing.
One thought that I'm noodling on is what's the difference between a woven piece of paper and a woven work of art? I don't have any answers, but I'm hoping that some thoughtful daily practice will help guide me towards some answers. For myself. Because I do think that the answer is probably very personal for each person.
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