Saturday, July 9, 2011

textile love

while textiles carry enormous meaning for me
i assume only a few others have this sort of passion,
and they number among my friends and colleagues,
both at home,
and interwebbishly.
here's some work that is very tailored,
very storied,
very layered.
dare i say, very feminine.
visit julie:
friday was farmer's market day in canton.
this is what i scored:
sari silk strips
marilla o'brien and andrea castle were womaning their booths, 
happily spinning
and i am madly prepping for washington


Anonymous said...

I love that first photo, I would frame it and hang it on the wall. those sari strips are beautiful just the way they are.

Cait Throop said...

Oh sari strips! xo

anastasia said...

love of fiber and tactile things, an obsession. milk pods are something i've been wanting to get my hands on to try spinning; sadly, they do not grow in the south.
lovely shifu and silk!

Velma said...

hmm...milkweed is so, present here. the seed fibers are very very hard to spin, i have mixed them with angora for a specialty yarn.

anastasia said...

i don't know if you've seen these:
it's interesting how paper of all sorts can be used to create clothing. you could reference the throw away society we live in, or the short life span of fashion today, a lot can be said. it's strange how paper is thought of as temporary when we still have papyrus scrolls, chinese scrolls, shifu clothing, illuminated manuscripts and other ancient and old paper products in museums.

Velma said...

well, the work we go through to make paper (i know by hand, but toilet paper goes through as much/more processing and costs, in every sense, far more than my handmade paper) can dissolve, carry messages, carry rembrandt prints, or be sent into the sky as balloons...

i think, for me, i'll be wearing the old simple plainwoven shifu boxy shirt, and maybe pants. no toilet paper gowns or any gowns, except a nightie!

iNd!@nA said...

those rainbow morsels would make lovely string...

Velma said...

india, yes!

Gardener in the Distance said...

I can understand something of your love for fibre Velma, in its detail. One of my favourite things to behold is a bird's nest - a construction of fibres, no two the same, made with often extraordinary delicacy/care/precision, and having a palpable aura of nurture.

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