Thursday, February 15, 2007

Time to Weave

I keep trying to return to what's important and there
seems to be a shortage of time--

These are not my words. These are the words from an e-mail by a woman who is trying to find her way back to weaving.

My philosophy: Weaving is all about time. Weaving is time made visible. Whenever I sit down at the loom (even after 47 years), I say to myself, "This is going to take the rest of my life!" I am almost overwhelmed by the enormity of the task, but I keep repeating it like a mantra, over and over. Finally there comes a moment when I know it is absolutely OK for this particular weaving to take the rest of my life (a moment of total surrender). It is at that moment I notice I have finished the weaving. It happens every time! It's one of my favorite things about weaving—the ability to make time malleable.

It must be time to weave.

6 comments:

Kaz [curiousweaver] said...

The subject of time and weaving seems to come up all the time. Either the value of time in our finished textiles or the finding of time to weave them. I love your blog Bonnie, the warp photos are art in themselves. thank you. Kaz

mushinweaving@gmail.com said...

I love your saying "Weaving is time made visible." As I approach weaving each time, I focus on one step first and then then next (over and over again through the many steps) and then all of a sudden (after a lifetime or two) I realize (to my amazement) that I have finished the weaving. Then I promptly forget all the time it took (like mothers who have many children). But to sit down and observe the finished product, it is like looking at a little story of that time in your life. Marvelous and so revealing! -Thanks for all your inspiration ;) Sincerely, Kristin

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