Debby Kirby and I have known each other for a scary number of years, she is the most incredible silk weaver and has been an independent craftswoman for her entire career. Along side this she is a brilliant friend and was even my matron of honour when Beez and I got married.
Carrying on from the collaborative project yesterday, it seemed only fitting that Debs and I continued to explore our past joint work. She came to the studio armed with one of my paintings woven in to her silk today - a very generous gesture as she will be donating it to the auction - but came with the ominous statement of 'Right, you're going to weave today'.
Er, I'm sorry - what?
I had thought today was going to be nice and quiet, a bit easy if I'm honest, but Debs had other ideas and had come up with the suggestion of me doing some paper weaving. Well, there's something I've not done before and let me tell you it's a hell of a lot harder than it looks!
We decided on a format and Debs showed me a few techniques while we decided on combining some painted papers that I had given her, alongside a copy of one of the letters my ancestor had written, using the themes of the sea as our colour inspiration. See how it's all tying in now?
As you can see, it has manifested in to a wall hanging/piece of sculpture and I have to say that I'm really pleased with it, really different for me and nice to be able to create something more three dimensional. I won't lie, it tested my patience a couple of times but with Debs' encouragement and handy hints, it was very absorbing. She finished it off with a beautiful binding reminiscent of a traditional sketchbook/journal and we stood back and admired our hard work.
Let's hope that this raises some pennies in the auction, don't forget that you can remind yourself of all the pieces on my website. Not all of them are up yet, I've been too busy weaving!