My RothkoI read a post by quilt artist Ann Brauer that really spoke to me. It’s all about pushing yourself to try new things. I have to admit that I don’t know how long it takes for Ann to make a quilt with those tiny pieces of fabric, but I do know about how long it takes me to weave a piece. That means it’s really disappointing when I try something new and it doesn’t work. Then I hesitate to try again and keep on doing what’s familiar. The above ikat piece is not totally successful. I haven’t quite mastered the width of the warp needed for good bubbling and keeping the design.

Maybe this is kind of like my sketchbook ideas. Sometimes I will spend time on an idea, drawing it, coloring it, and it just isn’t worth spending more time on. So, I abandon it, only to look back months later and the see the seed of a more successful idea. This is why I never tear pages out of my sketchbook. I stick magazine clippings of colors and shapes that sometimes become full blown weavings. Since I’ve got a few out-of-the-box ideas, maybe this means I need to get that baby loom warped up and experiment there on a smaller scale. Note to self…just think of it as another sketchbook.

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