In autumn of 2020, artist Kaci Smith was confronted with a compound dilemma: day by day life was nonetheless affected by the pandemic whereas devastating wildfires unfold round her residence in Northern California. “The air was so crammed with smoke that even my studio turned off limits,” she says. “The primary department weaving was only a approach to cross a while and do one thing artistic whereas being caught indoors.” Smith had beforehand turned to the craft as a relaxing and meditative complement to her collage and portray follow, so when she started to forage for twigs that she may remodel into delicate looms, she was excited in regards to the potentialities and a brand new problem.
Weaving colourful weft threads by way of plain warp threads, Smith’s interventions droop web-like miniature tapestries in pure frames. Relying on the scale of the department or the complexity of the sample, a bit can take a number of days to finish. A couple of months in the past, she was impressed to make the most of a leftover wishbone as “a approach to honor the turkey that fed my household on Thanksgiving,” she says, and sources extra items on-line as byproducts of the poultry business. “Although tapestry is mainly ‘portray with yarn,’ you’ll be able to by no means rush it. The very nature of it teaches persistence, and there’s a particular rhythm within the repetition.”
Discover extra of Smith’s work on her website and Instagram.
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