7.05.2011

weaving as art

kay sekimachi

kay sekimachi

kay sekimachi

kay sekimachi

kay sekimachi

photographs of Kay Sekimachi's work by Leslie Williamson for American Craft magazine

I recently received a package in the mail from artist Jaime Rugh, and it contained one of these lovely, tiny weavings that she does.  (I will show photos of this special gift another time.)  She uses a similar device to what we used at Lena's when we wove potholders.  All of this is leaving me pretty inspired to start some more small weaving projects for fun.  I found some mini looms here, but it would be easy enough to make your own or buy a vintage Weave-It or Weavette on eBay.  What about weaving a rug?

Kay Sekimachi's woven art totally inspires me as well.  She redefines the meaning of weaving with her sculptural pieces and has recently started making jewelry out of things washed up on the beach.  (Our husbands laughed at Sarkilahti and I for spending an hour at Shell Beach picking through the shells, but if only they knew what beautiful work could be created!)  Sekimachi's unique perspective and eye for natural beauty allow her to construct completely fascinating objects.  Wouldn't you die to see her home and studio in person?  I love the way she artfully arranges ordinary items to stunning effect.  I first learned about her work on Leslie Williamson's photography blog.  You can read the Craft in America article on Sekimachi here.

Erin Considine is another artist that weaves beautiful pieces.  Her work combines three of my favorite handcrafts: jewelry-making, hand-dyeing fiber, and weaving.  So many processes go into each of the pieces that it makes them even more special than just any beautiful objects.

17 comments:

Monica said...

how lovely!

weaving has always tempt me...

angela said...

Wow, this really opens my eye to all the variations of weaving! The images are beautiful.

k. wang said...

on another note about weaving, i've been vastly looking into different methods of weaving lately, outside of just looms and similar - finger weaving is one that i think has a lot of potential!

tortoise general has a weaving class they offer every so often that i've been wanting to take, but at $80 for three hours, it's a bit pricey during a time where i'm trying to save $$$. but oh, one can aspire.

Paulina said...

Beautiful works, so peaceful. You reminded me that when I was a child I loved to weave using the old loom made by my dad. I wish I could have more time for such things.

Lael said...

Make your own loom at home! Don't bother buying one. It is pretty simple, just use an old wooden picture frame and some nails!

Also, just stumbled upon your blog and I am in awe. I love your work.

Linda said...

Her necklaces are gorgeous! It must have been
fascinating to get up close and personal with all
her treasure filled drawers.

Karen said...

Great necklaces, photos and collections! I recently was inspired by these <a href="http://www.julierofmanjewelry.com/>woven bead bracelets</a> to get a small loom to give it a try. It arrived today, I can't wait to give it a try!

Jennifer said...

Jen-
If you don't know of her work already- you should definitely check out the work of Shelia Hicks. She uses fiber & weaving in her artwork- it's gonna blow your mind- so fantastic!

emmaclaire said...

I made a simple frame loom using stretcher bars (for making canvases - you can get them at any good artists supply store) and a bunch of nails - it's really quick and satisfying! (see mine: http://www.flickr.com/photos/35589885@N00/)

Barry O'Connor said...

I've read your blog for years, but don't know if I've ever left a comment. I just wanted to thank you for the introduction you've given me to some amazing jewelry designers over the years. I am so amazed by this woman's work, and the work of so many other designers you've featured here. Thanks for being such a great source for beautiful jewelry finds.

sulu-design said...

P.S. - that last comment wasn't from Barry O'Connor (my husband who apparently stays logged in to his blog account at all times). Not that it matters, but it's from me. Thanks.

k said...

wow, so beautiful, the combination of handcraft and natural objects. as someone whose own work is heavily influenced by the ocean and nature, kay's work is awe-inspiring. thanks for sharing!

jennifer said...

gorgeous.

HomeCollection. said...

wow! i love all these kind of things!!

leFiligree said...

Kay Sekimachi's work is indeed stunning. i wish i could see more! thanks for sharing.

Grace said...

LOVE this post! Gorgeous!

kristin said...

i was lucky enough to visit her home and studio for a class i took at california college of the arts...it was AMAZING. everything in her home is beautiful. she kept opening drawers full of perfectly organized natural collections. seeing her work + bob stocksdale's wooden bowls in person is something i'll never forget. oh, also she is maybe the cutest woman alive...she fed us tea and cookies.
thanks for sharing!