Caribbean Weavings

BECAUSE I COULD NOT BRING MY LOOM WITH ME WHEN I MOVED TO THE CARIBBEAN IN 1986, I LEARNED TO WEAVE WITH WHATEVER I HAD HANDY. ROEBUCK'S RAINBOW, RIGHT, IS A LARGE WORK SOME SIX FEET IN HEIGHT AND FIVE FEET IN WIDTH.

I MADE THE WARP OF VARIOUS COLORS OF YARNS USING A HEAVY STEEL ROD AT THE BASE AS THE END OF MY WARP. THE OTHER END WAS SECURELY FASTENED ON THE BACK SIDE OF A BEAUTIFUL PIECE OF WOOD THAT BELONGED TO THE ROEBUCK FAMILY. WHEN I HAD FINISHED WITH THE WEFT I CUT THE THREADS AND LET THEM HANG FREE. I THEN PLACED SMALL MIRRORS AND SEQUINS THROUGHOUT SO THAT WHEN THE WIND BLOWS THE ENTIRE HANGING SPARKLES, THROWING LIGHT REFLECTIONS OUT INTO THE ROOM.

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BVI Dreads'93- small

BVI RASTA BRAIDS (ABOVE LEFT) WAS HAND WOVEN ON A WONDERFUL PIECE OF DRIFTWOOD THAT I FOUND WHILE SHELLING. I CURLED BLACK YARN UNTIL IT LOOKED LIKE DREAD LOCKS AND THEN WOVE IT IN THE SAME FASHION AS ROEBUCK'S RAINBOW. I USED ONLY BLACK AND GOLD WITH SEQUINS, GLASS BEADS AND PEARLS ATTACHED THROUGHOUT.

CHICKEN SHACK (ABOVE RIGHT) IS A MODERN HANGING DONE ON SPRAYED CHICKEN WIRE THAT I CRUSHED TO FORM A FRAME. I THEN KNITTED A LONG PIECE WITH TAN YARN AND PLACED IT ACROSS LOOSE HANGINGS OF YARN. IT WAS SCATTERED THROUGHOUT WITH PIECES OF CORAL AND SHELLS.

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INDIAN DANCE - (RIGHT) WAS ACTUALLY A COMMISSIONED WORK THAT I WOVE ON A BRANCH FOUND ON THE BEACH. THE BUYER WAS A DANCE TEACHER WHO LOVED GREEN AND ORANGE. SHE WANTED A WEAVING THAT MOVED WHEN THE BREEZES CAME THROUGH HER CARIBBEAN STUDIO. SHE ACTUALLY LOVED THE PIECE AND HAD IT FOR MANY YEARS IN HER STUDIO. HOWEVER, WHEN SHE LEFT THE CARIBBEAN SHE GAVE IT BACK TO ME AS IT WAS TOO LARGE TO MOVE. IT MEASURED 3 FEET BY 4 FEET.

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PORTRAIT IN PINK (LEFT) WAS ALSO WOVEN FROM A PIECE OF DRIFTWOOD. IT WAS MADE ON A HAND LOOM THAT I CONSTRUCTED ON THE BACK OF A PICTURE FRAME AND THEN PLACED ON MY WARP AND WEFT. THE TAILS WERE ADDED ON COMPLETION. MATERIALS WERE VARIOUS YARNS OF PINK, LAVENDAR AND PEACH WITH WHITE, UNCARDED, COTTON. THIS IS NOT A VERY GOOD PICTURE. IT IS REALLY QUITE BEAUTIFUL.

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