The Kress Gallery Show (3rd floor of River Park Square in Spokane) is open until the 31st of January. Here’s some highlights! Click on the individual pictures to see them larger.
Some of my cloth begins as grass in my yard.
(I don’t weave grass, though there are folks who do).
The grass is is consumed by my alpacas or goats.
They, in turn, grow out fiber which I shear, clean, comb, dye, spin, ply, and then weave into cloth.
This is slow cloth, in the same way that growing, harvesting, and cooking one’s own food is slow food.
There’s something very satisfying about knowing that you can create cloth – one of the fundamentals of survival – on your own.
Like most artists, I’ve dabbled in a lot of different media, from paint to clay to beading to fiber. And that dabbling tends to lead to fusion.
The Brobdingnagian Jewelry is one such fusion. The wire is nine gauge, the beads are solid wool. As you might imagine, assembly took hours with an icepick, sore fingers, and several large pliars.
The Brobdingnagian lover didn’t go to Jared: he went to Jen.
Weaving Yarn and Yarns
This piece was commissioned for First Night 2014, and is the result of community participation. The piece was woven entirely over the course of First Night, with ribbon contributions from revelers. While I planned the rough dimensions and colour scheme before the event, the cloth came together as the night progressed. You can see the waves of people who came by in density of the ribbons. I tried to group families and friends together, but sometimes colour and balance won out. The early evening is to your right, the new year to your left.
About the Artist:
Jen the Angry Spinner lives in the Foothills of Mount Spokane, in beautiful Newman Lake with Farmerteen, the Renaissance Guy, her parents, a few alpacas, and an ever changing number of barn cats.
When she’s not busy fighting fires, homeschooling, or attending Spokane Handweavers’ Guild meetings, she can be found at her loom, creating cloth and half-watching Law & Order.
She can be reached at 509.280.4785 or firstname.lastname@example.org