Sack Packs – large drawstring bags worn like a backpack using the strings as straps – are all the rage in my part of the world right now. Made by sports companies to be used as gym bags or lightweight book bags, or given as a free souvenir for listening to a sales pitch, they [...]Continue Reading →
In beach towns and theme parks all over Florida, vacationing tourists find kiosks with racks of cotton thread cones and a stool under an umbrella where both the young and the young-at-heart can get a hair wrap. A tanned attendant will take strands of hair and wrap the length snugly with your choice [...]Continue Reading →
I know that I’ve said it many times, but I always learn from my students. I learn new ways to see structure, new ways to communicate kumhimo methods, and I see new possibilities through the eyes of other enthusiasts. Last weekend’s three-day workshop for the Weavers of Orlando was no exception. It was a [...]Continue Reading →
It is always exciting to page through a new book on kumihimo, scanning the photos for new inspiration for color combinations and braid structures. When one of the members of the Yahoo! Kumi2 Group found a photo of a braid with its initial color set-up and asked how to create it, another member of the [...]Continue Reading →
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.