I forgot to mention that we got our final project for design class! And it’s a fantastic one. It’s going to be a six-page, accordion-style book, with the theme “Transformation”. Whatever media (or mixed media!) we like. Encouraged to be as creative as we like about shape of the pages, materials, etc. – except that it has to have a cover of cloth over mat board.
I’m going to make mine about my artistic journey, from mathematician to artist. While I haven’t worked out the details yet, I know that the first page will be conventionally rectangular, with some very simple mathematical diagram – spare, geometric, and recognizably mathematical, in black and white with just one or two touches of color. From there the work will get progressively more and more complex, rich, colorful, and chaotic, with the final page a collage of all sorts of bright colors and fabrics, fibers, etc. on a very nontraditional page shape.
Ideas for stuff on the in-between pages include:
- Kaleidescope (still geometric, but more chaotic and colorful)
- Fractals (ditto)
- Handwoven fabric in a moderately geometric, simple pattern
- Simple and heavily geometric knitted lace, maybe “Feather and Fan”
- Woven shibori fabric, ironed flat and/or left crinkled
- Brightly colored collapse weave (probably samples from “Lava Flow”)
- a collage of all sorts of fiber stuff, hand-dyed ruffled knitted lace, handwoven fabrics, brightly dyed mohair curls, yarn, etc. (final page)
Anyway, I’m hoping to make it a montage of my fiber arts work over the years, using bits and samples of this-n-that. Maybe even some leftover tutu material from my AIDS Rides!
As you can tell, I’m really excited about this project, and looking forward to working on it. It’s due December 7th, which gives me a whole week and a half to work on it after candy season. (Candy season comes first, of course!) Plus six hours of class time. I think I should be able to turn out a pretty good book with a week and a half of intensive work. And I should be able to weave some cloth for the covers!
One other thing I forgot to mention – during a conversation on WeaveTech about online notebooks, I published a few of my notebook pages using Evernote, a service that lets you create and sync notes between multiple computers. If you’d like to see what my “raw” notes look like, check them out at http://www.evernote.com/pub/tienchiu/sharedweaving
Bear in mind that these are totally unprocessed, so they appear as they did in my original notebook, “scribbles” and all. But I thought it might be interesting to get a look both at my note-taking process, and at Evernote, which (having rediscovered it a few days ago) I think may be the coolest thing since sliced bread.