There are many beautiful people sending me congratulations on getting the loom finally working, for which I say a big Thank You! However, as everyone knows, there is no working loom without a team, and the new member of the Jacquard Team is John Hunter. It is because of his eye as an engineer that we found what works. YES the loom is now weaving, on August 14th for the Festival of Textiles, as well as every Wednesday when there is a team weaving.
Come and see us at Lang Pioneer Village, 10 - 4 in the Weavers Shop.
See you there!
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Faye Jacobs is the recent recipient of the Lang Pioneer Village Outstanding Volunteer award. Faye spearheaded the restoration of the Jacquard Loom at Lang, working countless hours to bring the loom to its former glory.
I was pleasantly surprised when after a short time out of the country, I dropped in to Lang Pioneer Village to meet Wendy Cooper, a Jacquard team member. We were going to see if we could trouble-shoot a small problem we were having with the loom. I was called upstairs, and to my surprise the staff was gathered around and handed me a beautiful award along with a gift. While I was traveling their luncheon to thank all the volunteers had passed. It was a total surprise to me to have been awarded the Lang Outstanding Volunteer award.
I have to say, nothing would have happened without the total team. Therefore, at the next meeting I asked that everyone join me for a photo to honour everyone. Unfortunately there were 8 others missing that day. My sincere thanks to Lang, and the entire Jacquard Team.
On June 8, 2016 we will have an Open House to introduce people to the Jacquard Loom, and are in search of weavers who might like to try their hand at being a part of the demonstrating team for the summer at Lang Pioneer Village. Please come and join us to see this magnificent machine, and see if you would like to give it a go!
There is a magical place among the rolling hills of Port Hope, where the land feels raw yet cared for. A beautiful friend Michiko Nakamura lives there with her husband. Michiko is a clay sculpture artist who works from that spiritual place within and from the earth.
I was honored to have her ask me to do an installation of our work together in this magical space.
Then reality hit me. "What material would withstand the elements?"
My experience has given me a wealth of information. So has my friend Sandi McNeil, whom I consider to be my "Basket Making Mentor." She has helped me through my artist's blocks, as well as mentored me through the learning of new materials. Through experimentation I learned how the new material of bark, twigs and willow react when woven, twisted and tied.
ROOTS is a whole new playing field, and I love a challenge! Many walks through this magical space gave me a sense of which little group of trees, rocks or openings actually spoke to me. The shape of the trees filling one space and the openness of another, started my mind drawing circles and diamonds, with rectangles placed just so.
And so the ART has begun.
As a textile sculptor I use all the possibilities of materials both natural and man-made, in the techniques of weaving, knitting, crochet, felting and stitching, Some materials include basketry materials, fleece for spinning and felting, plastic tape, bags, wire, spun paper, yarns and cording materials - just to name a few!