Sunday, July 23, 2006

Residency #2

I have been doing my second residency of the summer for a different group and in a different location from the first one. This one (and the next one) are for my weaving group and they are being held at the Charlotte Street Art Centre. It is a beautiful old building that used to be a school. The school was closed down many years ago and there it sat. Until a group of people decided that it would make a great art center. Fast forward ten years, countless hours of meeting to convince the right people, fundraising up the yingyang, and untold hours of volunteer labour, and we now have an Art Centre. The Fredericton Designer Weavers' secretary just happened to be one of those fundraising/volunteering people and when we were looking for a location to hold residencies this summer, she suggested the CSAC as a possible location. Sounded good to us.


Here is the loom that was provided for the residency. We have it set up on the landing of one of the staircases. This place was built in the late 1800's and space and heating were obviously not a problem. This landing is larger than my bedroom. The ceilings are high , the wood work, fancy. As I said, it is a beautiful old building.

The loom is 45 " wide and I was thrilled at the prospect of weaving something that was wider than 17". So I put three dyed shawls on that are 24 ".


Here is a view going up the rest of the staircase. There is a show that is hung right now and these are a few of the pieces. Upstairs are a couple of classrooms and the violin studio. Downstairs are a few studios, the CSAC office, a dance studio, Film coop and a few other groups that I don't know . And in the basement is The Underground Cafe. Totally appealing to students and those of like minds. Big comfy, well worn couches. Large tables. A computer hooked up to the internet. And a totally vegan menu. As in soya cream in your coffee. I haven't been brave enough to ask for coffee yet. I just stick to the organic ginger ale.

So, back to the residency. Remember last time I said that I talked to a bunch of people? Well, so far, this time , I have talked to five. Ten if you count Karen and Jan, two other weavers, a friend of Karen's and her two girls. And of the five, four work at the center. So that leaves me with 1. One person that actually came to ask questions and see what I was doing. So if the point of the residency was to expose people to weaving, then it is a bust. But on the plus side, I have gotten a lot of weaving done. I have two of the three shawls woven off and will get the third one off this afternoon.

I have to come up with another project for my next residency. I am thinking about throw blankets with some of my hand spun in them. Or maybe dyed blankets. Or maybe one of the warps that I made up and dyed last week. Who knows?

9 comments:

Dave Daniels said...

Well, you've exposed ME to weaving, and I sure appreciate it! I think the work you've done is inspirational. (LOVE the pictures of the loom set up on a stairway landing. Nice windows for some great light.)
So, your home loom only allowed a 17" weaving width? Interesting.
Good luck on this part of the residency. I'm really enjoying the posts.

amanda said...

What a beautiful space. Love all the wood and natural light. Maybe a ruana for your next residency? My friend here just finished weaving one and it is beautiful.

Charleen said...

I wish we had some art centers like those around here. Too bad you didn't have many visitors, although the upside had its advantages!

ms. pea said...

You should try the coffee with soy creamer. Maybe trying something new will put out the vibe to draw in some curious minds...

Leigh said...

Even if there haven't been a lot of visitors, it has still been a wonderful opportunity for you! Is it the first residency program for the CSAC? If so, perhaps it will grow in years to come as more and more folks hear about it.

Oh, and I agree with Ms. Pea, try the coffe with the soy creamer!

Jay said...

Chin up... I think a residency is about more than exposing people to your craft. I think it is also about giving you the time and the space to explore your craft and yourself without the outside distractions associated with your day-to-day life and in a setting that is more conducive to introspection about your particular craft than your own home.
Okay, my brain is tired after that... must go sit down!

Jay said...

PS: also, maybe they saw how posh your stuff was and were frightened off!

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