I’ve been getting progressively grumpier over the last several days, as commitment after commitment kept me from doing anything creative. So when I woke up this morning with nothing on the slate, I rushed out to the loom and started weaving on the color study again. This time I was experimenting with saturation and value. (Value = lightness/darkness; high value = light color, low value = dark.)
Here are today’s samples:
My iPhone unfortunately did not do the best job with colors, but you can see (more or less) that in the first sample, the motif “HI -” jumps out at you. That’s because orange is an advancing color and thus grabs attention, and also because it is highly saturated against a duller background, which also makes it stand out more.
As the color gets less saturated in sample 2, the motif is less obvious. And in sample 3, the color is quite desaturated (the real thing is less red and more brown) and also quite close to the background in value, so it doesn’t stand out nearly as strongly.
In sample #4, saturation isn’t particularly high, but the motif is a very light color, producing high value contrast with the dark background. As a result, the motif stands out clearly.
I still have 11 sections remaining on the color study. My plan is to continue weaving the same motif, varying the color combinations. I can get 3-4 versions of the motif out of each section, so I have (in theory at least) another 44 possible combinations. I considered changing the design as well as the color combinations, but decided there was plenty to explore just in color variations. Also, it will be much quicker to weave if I don’t have to design everything from scratch every time. I’m eager to get the sea turtle warp onto the loom, and experiment with weaving fine threads on Emmy.
And here is our shoe-sniffing Fritz, demonstrating one of his other vices! He is thoroughly addicted to belly rubs, and has been known to pass out from pure pleasure during a belly-rub session. Here Mike is catering to his addiction:
It’s hard to resist a cat that’s begging for belly rubs!