Most of Dec., I've been visually impaired due to impending cataract surgery. First I had to wear my coke bottle glasses (extremely nearsighted) for 3 1/2 weeks. It was disconcerting, since I had no depth perception. Then one eye was fixed, and I was lopsided for 2 weeks. My poor brain! Then the 2nd eye, and now, 5 days later, almost perfect.
So needless to say, it was a difficult month for completing artwork. Doing ceramics helped, and I could weave items that didn't require a lot of detail work.
For my book, 8 Paper Moons, I've used paper cord that I spun by hand, or with an electric drill. (If you want to know more about this process, I'm teaching a workshop in Portland, OR. very soon. http://www.artandsoulretreat.com/retreat-pdx16-3550-workshop.php)
I tried a variety of weaving techniques and lots of leftover paper cords. The cover is birch bark. Photos of some of the moons follow. The closure cord is also paper cord, and the rabbit is a special addition. In Japanese folklore, there is a rabbit on the moon, instead of our man on the moon. This rabbit bead was in my mom's collection. I don't remember if I gave it to her or not. (She collected miniature rabbits.)
|Woven right onto the paper|
|I wove this moon on a little circle loom first.|
|Moon woven onto the paper|
|Woven on a circle loom|
|Right side is tapestry weaving|