I am spending this week with family and friends to celebrate the Christmas and New Year holidays, so there is nothing new to share from my workroom. I’m sharing photos of older projects for you to enjoy until I return in 2012.
May you enjoy an abundance of peace and happiness with your loved ones, however you celebrate this time of year!
(above) The half-round cross section braid from Makiko Tada’s Comprehensive Treatise on Braids Volume I: Maru Dai Braids
(left) 16 tama flat braid with antique mahjong tiles.
(above) Flat braid with double-coin knots securing a dichroic pendant
(below) Purple silk with Chinese coins and dragon pendant
(above) Detail of braided loop closure
(below) Braid of sewing thread with kokopelli pendant
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.