Weaving the long piece that finally has come out of the loom. But it is not just about weaving. I have to plan the work and then solve the problems of creating as they emerge out of the creating. Then when it is ready I plait the ends and that alone takes about a day. And finally I lay down the long piece on my newly scoured floor. Oh what joy and I have a dram to celebrate the moment.!
Að vefa langa verkið sem er loksins komið úr vefstólnum. En þetta snýst ekki bara um að vefa. Ég þarf að skipuleggja verkið og svo leysa úr ýmsum vanda þegar hann kemur upp í sköpuninni. Svo þegar vefnaður er kominn að enda þarf að ganga frá endunum og það tekur um einn dag. Loksinn legg ég hið langa verk á nýskúrað gólfið. Þvílík gleði og það verður einn snafs til að halda upp á stundina.
Out for a hike to seek inspiration. Went with Hélène Magnússon the knit designer who is a french lady living in Iceland. This time it was a three hour hike including a waterfall, fording a river and climbing a mountain. Not the tallest or deepest ones but a place where you can be with nature and be filled with inspiration.
I göngu að leita andargiftar. Fór með Hélène Magnússon prjónahönnuði sem er frönsk kona sem að býr á Íslandi. Í þetta sinn tók gangan þrjá tíma og hún innihélt foss, vað yfir á og fjallgöngu. Hvorki hæsta, dýpsta né lengsta en staður þar sem maður fyllist andargift.
Fire within the basalt was my thought and so the woven piece I made in 1996. Already then I was preoccupied with waste and pollution as I still am. The difference is that in those days people thought I was a mad pessimist but now they have learned to understand that what I knew then was correct. (I am boasting of being smart, of course ;)
I have learned a lot since then and hopefully matured a bit. Sometimes when reminiscing I feel I haven't changed at all and react and do things as before. But in some cases I realize that I wouldn't have been able to tackle certain situations then as I do now. Some progress made.
People often say they have changed for better or worse depending on the person. I wonder if people change at all, well some get hit in the head and actually their character changes but that is another story. Of course I can only speak for myself and some maturity has taken place. But I still think this ragrug is rather alright.
Anna María Lind, MA Textile Art from Winchester School of Art.