05/22/2020

Weekly Residency Check-In

To be honest, less Art was made this week than in previous weeks. My pace is slowing down as I begin to imagine our life moving forward and prepare mentally for more change.

—hold on while I pick up the bag of chocolate chips I spilled on the floor…

Okay, back… Yesterday a friend called to see if I could go on a walk, a 6 hour hike up a butte to be exact, in the middle of the day. I said yes because this sounded nice in theory but as soon as I hung up the phone my anxiety peaked and I think I came as close as I’ve ever been to a full blown anxiety attack. New habits have been formed and those habits are SEDENTARY for goodness sake! Well we made it and I can barely walk but a lesson was learned. Ease into spontaneity, ease into movement but do it nonetheless.

Aeon and I photographed each other obscured by our art projects this morning.

The shroud is coming along. When this knitting is as tall as me I will scrub the floor with it leaving a ghostly image of my body- hands and knees.

Aeon and I collaborated on public art displayed at our home.

In other news we got a new vacuum and it is the delight of the household. Aeon says…

“Mom, the vacuum sounds like people singing church songs while a fire alarm goes off!”

04/16/2020

Body of Work

is my working title for the performative act of scrubbing a floor with mud dyed and knitted wool yarn as well as the resulting soft sculptures.

This post will give you insight into the process of making this work and where it is going.

I am moving this work into it’s next phase. The square swatches I had been making and scrubbing with were tests and I now have enough information to move onto a larger piece.

I tested weight of yarn as well as scrubbing method.

Conclusions:

Scrubbing yields the results I am looking for when I lay my hands with fingers spread wide on the cloth then pull my fingers together, scrunching the knitting between them.

The yarn that yields the results I am looking for is actually the bobbin ends from a local mill. Ewethful Fiber Farm generously gave me these beautiful ends! I love being able to use reclaimed materials in my work.


My next step is to make a larger piece of knitting, at least as big as my body laid flat…. Well actually I need to mud dye my yarn first! I will be posting that process on Instagram as I complete the steps.

The inspiration for the work came early in 2020 when I was still working 40 hours per week at a local mill as well as keeping a household, mothering and trying to make art. The work at the mill was repetitive and echoed the tasks of domestic labor. The positive aspect of this is that it provided spaces to THINK. But also to converse with my coworker who happened to be a very knowledgeable textile artist. She once described to me a kind of mitten that is made in Scandinavia where the inside layer is made of loose roving. Over time the moisture and movements of the hand inside the mitten will felt the roving.

I was inspired by this idea.

How can everyday touch create an object?

Specifically the touch of a working body?

(I tried this process with roving but it did not work as I intended so the question became..)

How can a body performing domestic labor move or manipulate a line?

A piece of knitting is a continuous line given form by working hands.