March 29, 2011
As some of you know, I’m currently living aboard a very small sailboat while in the midst of working on completing my master’s projects in weaving and selling some handwoven textiles as a way to fund my sailing trip. Here is a glimpse of what it’s like weaving on a boat. The day this video was filmed was a relatively calm day, so the waves weren’t big. On a windier day I would not have been able to weave out in the cockpit like this, if at all! Most of the time, I weave when we are anchored, and not moving at full sail. My weaving space is far from ergonomically comfortable, I have virtually no organizational space, and I often have to fold up the loom for storage in the middle of a project, which has resulted in many warps loosing their correct tension. It’s a challenging work environment even though it obviously has it’s benefits. The main benefit is the constantly changing beautiful scenery while I work and the freedom of traveling to amazing places while continuing my work as an artist. Indeed, the colors of the water and the landscapes and waterscapes are continual inspirations for me!
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