for paper tapestries
to hang out in the snow,
into a hand made paper sandwich.
so the snow is dry.
Velma Bolyard's papers
seemed quite at home out there--
without actually melting anything.
about this little bookish project
was that every part
was made to be
exactly the right size.
to match the paper sheets
(thanks Four Selvedge Tapestry).
in its own tiny mould
so all I had to do was fold them.
Velma is the person
who opened my eyes and mind
to the wonders of kami-ito (spun paper),
and if you want to learn more about it
I recommend both her blog and website.
to learn properly.
I've felt compelled to add twist
to all kinds of weird scraps --
some of which I loved to work with
and some of which
has been unpleasant
or downright impossible.
But that's what makes it so interesting, eh?
of weaving these tapestries
(or at least a good portion)
with Velma's hand spun kami-ito--
the two needle Coptic Binding
she, an actual bookbinder,
of the power
and of repetition.
that nothing ever happens
now and again,
leaps out into the snow
to see how it feels.
Rebecca Mezoff just wrote a wonderfully thorough blog post on current sources for tapestry weft which I highly recommend. She briefly addresses the use of cellulose fibers--paper, linen, cotton and the like--but since that is not what she uses, the focus is on wool. I dont' yet feel ready to make any definitive statements about using cellulose fibers myself,
but I have been messing around with them for the last year or so
and if you're curious how it has worked/looked over time for me,
check out some of the posts in the cellulosic experiments category of my blog.