Thursday, February 16, 2012
THE ART OF DECISION MAKING?
Sometimes a bright idea comes along , you get excited about it, start planning and just can't wait to get on with it. But every now and then you can just get stuck and find you can't make any kind of a decision about how you envision your tapestry may look when it is finished? I have had a large tapestry cooking away on a slow simmer in my mind for almost a year now, a very personal work, as it is to be a gift to my son Coen and I would like to make it while he is still living at home. Every now and then ideas can change simply by chance, or in this case almost by accident. I felt a need to make a tapestry in softer and quieter colours something very different from my normal bright hues. I decided on the design, chose the colours ,but while doing some research ,as I was very drawn to the Henry Moore tapestries, I had a few photo's of them colour copied for my journal. I have found from time to time that having colour copies printed of from different printers can give you slightly different results but I don't think that I was really expecting this. So now to the decision. You can see by the photo the original tapestry in the book on the left and my new lovely mauve hued copy on the right. So which one do I like the best? well I can't decide!
I dyed lots of different grey's in up to 13 gradations in the blue violet grey that I like the best, but I could not resist dyeing the purple grey's as well. I see them sitting all together in my studio each time I walk in there for almost a year now and I still wonder?
I have a few issues with the design to resolve and have done a few samples with different warp settings. Some I like and some that I don't. I am inclined to want to weave it on a number 12 warp but that is slow going for a big tapestry.......but you have to be happy with what you are doing rather than regret it later. Even as much as I hate weaving samples this time I don't see that I can ovoid it. I may need to weave a few samples in both colours and then decide. I did ask Coen how he felt about being purple?......do I have a choice? was the reply. Only time will tell I suppose. Back to thinking at a slow simmer.