This giant textured piece took almost a year to complete and is my most favorite treasured piece I have ever made. Measuring 40” wide by 50” in height, it is hung on a polished copper rod that measures 48” wide. Here is his story:
Over 2 years ago, I was pregnant with my first son and having quite a rough pregnancy. My mind was in a bad place and for a while, I really lost the desire to create. I’d been commissioned a large 40” piece that I really shouldn’t have accepted but I did anyway. After a month of looking at my warped loom and having only finished a small fraction of it, I ended up going back to the customer and giving them their money back. Unable to undo the work that I’d already finished, the unfinished weaving just sat there for months. We ended up moving into a tiny apartment for about 6 months and the loom went into a storage space during that time. When we moved into our house I pulled it back out, still unsure of what I was going to do with it. Fast forward to June of 2017 and I had recently left my full time career to spend more time with motherhood and see if weaving could really work as a living. I was at a craft fair and saw a beautiful ball of core spun yarn and the vision for this weaving flashed before my eyes. I went home and cut what was woven off of the loom, leaving the original warp thread and a tiny section of blush that had been woven on. And then I began to work. My vision was to leave lots of wild ends untucked and untamed. I wanted it to look raw and wild. So a year later, here we are! Nicknamed “Grawpie” after the giant in Harry Potter, he has reached a new title of “Small Beginnings”.
Small Beginnings comes from the scripture in Zechariah 4:10 that says “Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin…” This verse encompasses my first year of making this art my career. Slow growing and sometimes as mundane as life as a work-at-home-mom can be, I delight in these small beginnings, knowing that they are part of MY story that the Lord is writing just for me.