First of, for those of you who don't know, I love to make things. I have always been that person who knits and weaves and paints. Making things with my hands is a comforting, almost meditative, thing for me. I love it. I've decided to share more of those pursuits here, on my blog.
Today I finished up a custom order for a sweet, sweet college friend. She recently got married (woohoooo) and contacted me about making two pieces for their new home. I love custom orders and am always honored to work with a customer to create a piece specific to their home. The project flowed over the Thanksgiving week and finally wrapped up today.
The first stage in the process is always creating concept sketches.
After that, we discuss colors and I hunt down the best material for the project. I hoard supplies and am always looking for vintage fiber to incorporate into new pieces. From there I start weaving. It always sounds and looks easier than it is. I think I took one piece apart five times before I was happy with the result.
Overall, this was a really fun project and I look forward to seeing how they are used in her home. Creating is often a very healing process. I weave a little bit of myself into each project (even if its tears over the fourth time I deconstruct a section). Art takes something out of you. Yet, it is also a gift we give to others. What ways do you incorporate creativity into your life?