I had the pleasure of attending a series of classes taught during the last week of February by Makiko Tada in Miami, Florida. While most of the students worked with maru dai and the Hamanaka discs and plates, two of us were allowed to study techniques for the ayatakedai and karakumidai, respectively. This [...]
We’re going on a Structure Walkabout to discover new braid structures, and you’re invited to join in the fun!
Using Jacqui Carey’s new book, The Book of Braids: A New Approach to Creating Kumihimo [ISBN 0952322595] as our itinerary, we will explore the many ways of combining the movements that are the basis for [...]
A few days ago, I was able to get into my studio for the first time in about six months. (It was the only available storage area during renovations to our house.) I was delighted to find a maru dai with an old 16-tama warp already set up waiting for me. I had been experimenting [...]
Sometimes you have to make a truly ugly braid in order to make beautiful braids. It’s always helpful to have a color placement chart to work with when you plan your braid so that you can be sure where each color will appear if you’re using multiple colors. In order to draw the color placement [...]
This Week In My Workroom
Sometimes I work on specific projects, other times I'm just experimenting, but I am
Here's what's going on this week.
Artist’s StatementI enjoy kumihimo precisely because it is not a mindless activity – it demands my focus and attention, engaging the problem-solving part of my brain. Whether the structure is one that I am braiding for the first time or a familiar one, I am required to concentrate on the way the threads work together to form that particular braid. It forces me to pay close attention to the process instead of hurrying or looking ahead. The individual moves lead one to another predictably, and the structure, once understood, tells me what should come next. This peaceful, rhythmic flow added to the pleasure of the color interactions and handling the silk is the joy of kumihimo for me.