I will be participating in a weaving performance piece on Thursday night put together by artist Julia Sherman
. It'll be my first time in a performance piece! We will be 7 people weaving in a circle to form a cylindrical form that I think will close on the top.
We were asked to learn to weave on a backsrtap loom, a very traditional type of loom that's been around for centuries. This loom is anchored at the top by anything stable (a nail on the wall or back in the day, a tree) and then at the bottom by a strap or belt wrapped around your lower hips. Two sheds are alternately opened up by a flat thick stick wider than the width of the warp through which the warp is shuttled through. Julia dyed her own yarns and built 6 of these looms for the performance.
Here we were yesterday in Julia's studio practicing on the backstrap looms.
It all takes place at Phyllis Stein Art downtown on Thursday, January 9 around 7pm. Can't wait!
Update: Correction, it's the 8th, not the 9th and here is the official announcement. Thanks Sabine!
Event: Secret Narratives and Cone of Power
"Reception and performance installation"
Host: Phyllis Stein
Start Time: Thursday, January 8 at 2:00pm
End Time: Thursday, January 8 at 10:00pm
Where: Phyllis Stein Art
Weaving starts at 2pm, but main opening will be in the evening :)