Last week Anna came to Hamilton to cut her tapestry from the loom. Two of her friends came with her and I had two of my friends here so we had a lovely afternoon and it was great to see the tapestry finished at last. Here it is finished on the loom the day before it came off.
It is always exciting to cut a tapestry off the loom as it is the first time it can be seen the right way up and in its entirety. This next photo shows Anna just starting to cut the warp threads. Her expression shows her excitement, as this was the first time she had seen the tapestry apart from photographs that I had sent her.
And here it is........! My friend Carole and I holding it up so that Anna could see it properly for the first time.
The day after my birthday I travelled to Hobart with my eldest daughter Nicola and of course had my camera at the ready all the time. Flying over Melbourne on the way to Hobart. It was starting to get a bit dark and the sky was very hazy but we flew right over the city so I couldn't resist taking the photographs.
Some interesting patterns on the ground across Tasmania.
And here is a pen and wash sketch of the Derwent River and the view from Nic's lounge window.
Introducing George to the joys of textiles and yarns
Jenna brought wee George around to my place today and didn't he have a lot of fun discovering the joys of playing with yarns. There are a lot of fun things to play with at Great Granny's house.
More progress has been made on the tapestry, but it is rather slow going as there are so many subtle colour changes in Harriet's face that I have had to unpick here and there before I was happy with it.
I have made some progress on Harriet's portrait today, having finished the eye and now I need to work in the mouth area and build that up I was a bit concerned initially that I wasn't capturing her likeness, but when I look at the tapestry with my head tilted to the side I see that I have. The colour blending is quite difficult to get right and quite a bit of it has come out and been rewoven a second time.
An interesting Water Photograph
Yesterday I was walking around town, going to the library, and wandered into the Art Museum on my way. Of course I had my camera with me and here is one of the photographs.
I really love grids, and was fascinated by this grid formation at the bottom of the pool and waterfall at the entrance to the Art Museum. A lovely distorted grid!
This morning I was working on weaving the eye and eybrow section of Harriet's portrait and it wasn't going well at all, so I spent a good ten minutes unpicking what I had just woven and started again. You can see the crinkly threads from a section that was woven yesterday.
I am much happier with how it is looking now. I will be working on the eye proper tomorrow.
The drawing of Libby.....
Today I went for a walk into Hamilton East shops and saw that it was Market Day. As I wandered around the stalls I talk a number of photographs as resource material for a series that I have in mind to work on in the future. Here is one of the images.