Here is how the project developed: First, we learned the basic of weaving as art form on individual frame looms at Mall Boulevard's iXpress program. Then, together, we developed the ideafor a larger scale, group tapestry project: How about "painting" a landscape, with yarn? How about the landscape we see and live in everyday: Chautauqua County's beautiful surroundings of water and hills and sky? From a small painting sample, a full-size version- called the "cartoon" by tapestry artists- was created for the weavers to follow.
Next. Th loom is strung~ called the "warp" - and weaving yarns selected- called the "weft". bright and early on Monday morning in the Mall's Food Court, the weaving process begins! There is something for everone to do: winding shuttles, preparing yarn, and weaving in the textures, shapes and colors in ways that best depict the design.
Individuals rotate from working on the group tapestry, to continuing with their individual projects. Passerby admire our diverse artistic expression in yarn.
We work hard... sometimes two of us together.....
We have fun too....
"Devin and Derek, team weavers!"
"Dan loving it!"
The public oogles, ask questions and participates...
the image slowly emerges in glorious color and texture...
The weaving team, with Chautauqua: Lake, Hills and Sky" nearly completed!
Thanks from all of us for Aspire support! And thanks to the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County and the Chautauqua Mall.
Sara Baker Michalak
Mall Boulavard Day Hab
140 Mall Boulevard