Tuesday, June 22, 2010

ALMOST OFF THE LOOM!

Almost
It seems like a long time since I posted about this tapestry! I have been home now for almost a full term of school and here I am just about to cut this off the loom tonight.
I came back from Singapore still with my 'Delhi Belly' but as I got sicker we discovered that I had picked up 3 different types of amoebic dysentery in India....must say that I got sick in Dharamsala and not Delhi. My weight dropped down to 48kg ...I was given a course of killer antibiotics and am now slowly on the mend. The skin on my hands blistered and peeled off so I was not able to weave for weeks. Gerard broke his arm just after he came back home when the wheel on his bike locked up and he went over the handlebars, so we have been a couple of geriatrics complaining about our illnesses. We have laughed a lot though that it was safer jumping onto moving trains in India, or traveling from McLeod Ganj to Dharamsala in a bus when the driver thinks he is racing in the Grand Prix, crossing at pedestrian crossings in the street in Bangkok where the traffic stops for NO ONE and driving around in a tuk tuk in Chiang Mai that pulled out in front of 4 lanes of oncoming traffic!
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Here is the tapestry finished but still on the loom, will cut it off tonight and celebrate! I have two weeks to get all my work finished for my Graduate Exhibition after that I will go through the almost 900 photos that I took overseas and start to show parts of our trip.
If you would like to read about the design process for this tapestry you will find it here.

4 comments:

K Spoering said...

This is lovely! I love the detail on the fabric. Isn't it fun to weave a tapestry of someone else's fiber work?

Glad to hear you are feeling better. I get those pesky bugs whenever I go to Honduras to work, so am not going this summer.

Debbie Herd said...

Thanks Kathy, the tapestry is about my Mother, she died in 2003, the embroidery was done by her and the jug was hers as well. If you would like to read about the design and the way that jugs are represented in art I wrote a post about the design here.

http://debbieherd.blogspot.com/2007/08/photo-sharing.html

Next time I go to India I will be taking antibiotics with me!

OzWeaver said...

I am undone! I could look at this for days and still be lost in your wonderful color blends. Sigh...
Congratulations! It is stunning!

Debbie Herd said...

Thanks Brenda, this tapestry has been a long time on the loom! I dyed all the wool for this tapestry and dyed very strong colours with a grey mixed form mainly yellow, a small amount of red, blue and black. It tested my skills as a dyer and gave me the opportunity to mix my colours with lots of gradations of the same hue in the bobbins. Debbie.

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