Friday, August 22, 2014

Museum of Decorative Arts

Everyone who advised me that the Museum was a must-see was absolutely correct. We spent the morning there, happy as any aficionados of the handmade/handcrafted could possibly be. The featured exhibit was wonderful - a retrospective of the work of ceramicist/sculptor Vaclav Serak, entitled "Fire Clay Ice." I'd have taken hundreds of photos had I been allowed to...

The afternoon was dedicated to a leisurely stroll through Old Town, after having the lightning-fast 'official' guided version yesterday.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Jet Lag

Old-town Prague (Czech Republic) as seen from Prague Castle. Beautiful city, perfect weather for sightseeing.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Runners, Again

The table runners have now been washed and pressed, but not yet hemmed. However, since I'm about to take some time off, I thought I should post a beauty shot and some detail shots showing how they turned out. From left, number 1 through 4.

#1 was tromp as writ:

#2 was woven with a treadling of advancing points and a red-violet weft that *really* changed the color balance in the cloth:

#3 had a black weft and a treadling of small advancing shapes:

#4, also a black weft, and a treadling of advancing curves. I think it looks like a snake's scale pattern:

So there they are. Each is very different from the others. Hard to pick a favorite...

Friday, August 15, 2014

Painted Stripe Table Runners

They're done. As in woven, not wet finished.

Here's the view behind the heddles, at a point where I was trying to decide how many repeats of the basic motif I had warp to weave.

And after the [admittedly brief] cutting off ceremony:

From left: #4, #2, #1, #3. I like 'em all... The colors really pop. Hopefully, somebody who comes to the Fall events will want to bring one home.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


As it turned out, the weekend was more about marketing and less about selling. I wish I had been able to exhibit last year (when the appendix intervened) so I could have done the marketing stage then, and been able to reach the selling stage this year. When a work of art/craft is in the $200-700 range, people don't make a decision on the spot - they need to think about it for a while. "A while" usually translates to "the same show next year."

In any case, my main mission was education and marketing. No money changed hands, although I may get some orders for Woven Portraits from people who came through the booth. Just a few of those will "pay the rent" for the booth. And there were many enjoyable conversations about fiber, and design, and process. And many people who admired the work, especially the abstract pieces based on Connie's paintings. They were a hit, just not monetarily...

Now that I'm home, I've had time to finish runner #3, shown below:

...and to begin #4:

Friday, August 08, 2014

At the American Craft Council Show

Lots to see and do. Here's my booth.

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Packed and Ready

The van is loaded to the gunwales, and we're off to San Francisco. Setup today, show starts tomorrow.

See  you there!