"You can't do sketches enough. Sketch everything and keep your curiosity fresh." John Singer Sargent
What I do more than make hats & sew is work in my sketchbook. I have sketchbooks that go back to when I was eight years old. Some of them take years to fill, others were quickly finished during dull office jobs. They line the shelves of my library each one looking uniquely different from the other.
They became my unique treasures during college. It was a requirement in architecture school that we keep sketchbooks to show the progression of our design and to always have them when outdoors walking around so we could learn how to quickly sketch buildings. There was also one rule in school - show them to no one. That's right, how artist love to share and comment on their sketchbooks, we were told the opposite that they were a place of sanctuary - a place to make ugly mistakes without judgement.
The only hitch is that if a sketchbook doesn't have a lock on it like a diary, it will be looked at. My solution at the time was to get only sketchbooks that could fit into my purse. There is a unwritten code that we should never look into a woman's purse & that provided the sanctuary needed. Overtime, the purse turned into a bag that went with me when I wanted to sketch. Creativity spilled out and the bag/satchel would become part of the decorative cover of my sketchbook. Then I became so attached to that specific sketchbook being partnered to the bag that when I retired the book to my library, so did the bag.
By now you can see where I'm leading to with a blog title of 'Weaving Story.' I have woven a couple of bags/purses/satchels to hold my sketchbooks. The most infamous one I made super quick was the Cookie Monster purse pictured. I've progressed on from the plain weave to the multitude of texturally enthralling weaves that I now share in my Woven Purse class.
Lets go over a few that I cover:
There is different avenues to learn how to tapestry weave. The one thing that I provide different from them is how to continuously weave to create a bag. If you are interested in creating a bag in a day with me. Click the link below to register to my in-person class coming up January 30th, 2021 at the Art Students League of Denver.