Wednesday, November 12, 2014

- Beyond be-leaf: A look back at Considering Weave

This past summer I spent the time from solstice to equinox in the cyber-company of considering weavers led by Jude Hill.


Early on, Jude challenged us to look for unorthodox looms and Jo posted some amazing bits of woven shell and driftwood (which inspired this post). Eyes opened, I gathered some Live Oak leaves on which to try my hand, cutting a hole in each one with cuticle scissors, stitching vertical "warp" threads with a single strand of floss, then needle-weaving "weft" threads into each one ...

Each leaf is a bit more than 1" wide and 2-3" long

As leaves are wont to do, they did dry out over time ...

After one month, the natural waxy coating
on the leaves became quite apparent
and one even blew away (to New Mexico), so this is how the remaining leaves look after 4+ months ...


But since Mo asked if I could post them on the blog to accompany her comments on The Leaf Dance, it's been fun to look back in the Considering Weave Forum and bring them out into the world.

8 comments:

Mo Crow said...

they dried to a beautiful golden colour Liz thank you for sharing !

Liz Ackert said...

Alchemy ;)

Dana said...

The transformations of time on these leaves is so grounding, and lovely. I hope their waxiness will protect them from crumbling.

Liz Ackert said...

So far they seem pretty sturdy, but for sure I wouldn't try to bend one

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

when i first read of this endeavor on the Forum i thought...oh...how such a beautiful transience
but when the one landed here, i was transfixed on it's determination to remain Leaf while
woven. They are beauty FULL here, but in the palm of the hand, something else entirely
and this goes well with the last Post here...the love of something given form. this is Art.

Liz Ackert said...

Yes, 'tis ...

Saskia van Herwaarden said...

WOW!

Liz Ackert said...

So much fun ...