Weaving

We've found that everything is woven together in one way or another. And, we've found we love the art form of weaving. It's accessible and beautiful. We've visited several museums and seen weaving in action. 

On vacation in Michigan, we visited a historical museum and tried our own hands at a loom. 

On vacation in Michigan, we visited a historical museum and tried our own hands at a loom. 

At home, we weave paper and yarn on the loom. We weave simple paper placements and looped potholders. We notice weavings all around us - woven baskets, carpets, blankets, clothing. My daughter has taken to noticing if it's a "loose" weave or a "tight" weave. I was delighted to learn about the Hooked and Twisted: Fiber Arts, an exhibit at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) now through January 4, 2015. We highly recommend!

As luck would have it (or maybe connections are everywhere if we are just looking for them!), there is a thoughtful component of weaving at the Museum of Science Maya Exhibit as well. Weaving was and is an important part of so many cultures. We enjoyed learning this historical component, and then created our own patterns with blocks, modeled after Mayan blankets. This is a temporary exhibit at the MoS that we have really enjoyed. (If you go, we recommend seeing the 40 minute IMAX movie first - it really helps to provide the context!)

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Recently, my daughter has an expressed an interest in knitting, so we have begun comparing weaving and knitting as art forms. We are noting whether art pieces are purely decorative or functional. And, we are off to the MFA to look for more woven masterpieces! 


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