|After Math by Donna Kallner|
When I got home from Point that afternoon, this was in the mail.
|Evergreen Forest by John Malarky|
John Malarky, a tablet weaver from Missouri, sent this for a project we're working on together. He wove the band as part of a Weavers Guild of St. Louis study group project to convert boundweave designs into tablet weaving designs (the draft is here, if you'd like to weave it yourself). I'm still mulling what to do for my part in this collaboration, and excited to begin.
When I first met John several years ago at a Midwest Weavers Conference, it took exactly no time for the conversation to turn to esoteric interests (mine -- looping, his -- tablet weaving). That happens often in the fiber community, and not so often outside it. I've learned to take pity on my neighbors, who may be interested in what I do generally but look like deer caught in headlights when I use phrases like "Fuegian coiling."
Speaking of neighbors, a neighbor came over on Saturday to help dig up some overgrown clumps of Siberian iris. Bill's hops vines will benefit from the removal. She and a neighbor of hers will benefit from these pass-along plants. We talked about the plant's hardiness, sunlight requirements, and bloom phase. She had other errands to run, though, so I didn't delay her by mentioning the plant's fiber qualities, when and how to harvest the leaves, or how nice the leaves smell when "mellowed" for weaving.
We did talk about her son's countdown to graduation from the university at Stevens Point. Notice how these threads connect? One of the pieces I took to the show in Stevens Point was another collaboration, one I did a few years ago with Joan Molloy Slack for a show in Rhinelander. At another show in Rhinelander, I met Marilyn Annin, who owns a piece I made from Siberian iris leaves.
The common thread that weaves together this exhibition, collaboration and pass-along plants is community. I think the current buzzword is "tribes." Whatever you call it, I never ceased to be amazed at all the ways we're connected.
I'd still like to meet Kevin Bacon.