I've lost track of the times I've been asked "so, I mean, what do you do with it?" In some ways it's the obvious question - I'm making yarn, and yarn is largely defined by its purpose as a craft supply, a means to artisan knitting or crochet or weaving or other textile projects. "I look at it." It seems like a cheap answer.
And sometimes I make those yarns, the rhythm of creating a smooth consistent thread is a type of full body meditation in and of itself. But when I switch from being a spinner to being a Spinner, the yarn itself becomes the point. I'm looking to create a piece that stands on its own as a sculptural work. If it inspires someone to transform it again into something new, that's delightful and an amazing form of collaboration and transformation - to see what my work becomes from someone else's viewpoint. For me, though, I don't need it to feel like I'm finished creating.
I stumbled onto Hot Tea's show at a local salon and couldn't stop smiling. A rainbow of cut threads hanging from the ceilling - an archway from the side and something completely new lying underneath them.
This I love; pieces of yarn, hanging, just to look at, to appreciate for their form and color and abundance.
You can go take a peek for yourself through the end of the month, I believe, at the Haus Salon on Nicollet.