Saturday, March 28, 2009

A Bit Off Topic...

My DH got this contraption for Christmas from my sister. It is used to grow tomatoes in small spaces - upside down. Here it is on day 2.

DH has been nursing some Black Prince tomato seeds under lights and heating pads for several weeks and was finally able to plant one of the seedlings in our new upside down planter.

You put water in a dish at the top and there are wicks to wick the water down to the plants roots. It is supposed to be hung at least four feet from the ground and no staking is required. Quite interesting.

I will update in the future as to progress.

PS. in the bottom right is our fava bean crop.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Tapestry Spiral

Here is a picture of my spiral tapestry which I have been working on for what seems like forever. It was woven as a tapestry, thirteen yards long and four inches wide with 182 darts of negative space. Once completed the negative space was removed by pulling the warp and closing the spaces. On one end, the original warp was braided and retained. Using this method a wonderful spiral was formed similar to tricolor fusilli pasta or a colorful spiral staircase.

Another view is here along with a description.

When it is opened it can take many shapes. In the top photo it is draped over a cylinder. I am experimenting in how best to show it.

It's first showing was in Riverside at the Color Connects conference where it was draped over a box. It received a first place in the multi-dimensional weaving category.

I have experimented with hanging but gravity seems to take a lot of the 'fun' out of it. It is also difficult to achieve a full shot with any level of detail since it is so long. The braided tails on one end are over six yards long. I just purchased three different sized hooks and will try hanging it like a snake over a branch and see how that looks.

More later...