Weaving

For my weave sample, I started with plain white string for a neutral warp and then used some irregular blue/green wool to quickly build up my first line and give the appearance of the cell structure in leaves. I then separated this section with a twig, then added a large area of plain white string, which I plan to dye later. I added another twig, then repeated the green wool. At this point, I decided to add a cluster of circles near the middle of the piece to mimic cells, using a hot glue gun, making sure to watch my hands so I wouldn’t get burned. I added another twig, then used some green thread to weave a small line before going back to the white to go around the circles. I found the process easy to understand, and when I was using the chunkier wool, it was very satisfying as you could build up the weave quite quickly. Weaving with the thinner wool was a much longer process and took a while to build up a large area. I also found that I started to pull the warp strings closer together when using the thinner string, so the sample goes in and then out again. I struggled with the circles, as they took a very long time to complete, and it was quite a fiddly process. Next time I weave, I will make sure to not put in circles or only put in one or two. I will also be more gentle when pulling the string at the end of a line to make sure I don’t gather up the warp. After I had finally finished the circles, I repeated the colours I had done in the opposite way.

Monica Guilera

Ports i Mans: Works... | Weaving art, Nature crafts, Art n craft

Monica Guilera is a weaving artist based in Catalonia, where she first learnt to weave using split willow and European cane. She likes to use her weaving skills to make contemporary and functional baskets exploring colour, form and pattern. One of Guilera’s most used techniques is the Nansa fish trap technique, which has been used by fishermen in the Mediterranean for centuries. Guilera also collaborates frequently with Tim Johnson to combine traditional and contemporary techniques to make baskets, sculptures and large installations. To make these, they use a range of natural materials found locally in Catalonia. Rigid materials such as willow cane and olive stems and softer material like oat straw, bark and rush. The team also teaches these techniques to students around the world. Her work is very tactile, and draws you to touch it and feel the joins of the weave, or the different textures of the material she has used.

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