over forty years ago my mother taught me to weave "prievites" [traditional Latvian ribbons or ties] on simple backstrap looms

now it appears my textile journey is coming full circle...  

 

 

after spending many Sundays as a young child holding the warp while my mother dressed her loom i decided i would never be a weaver...  deeming it far too tedious...but oddly a visit to the then newly opened Amuse Museum [Tokyo, Japan] early in 2010 to study the Boro textiles collected by Chuzaburo Tanaka was the first step that led me back to that particular path

after spending some days examining the collection i explored the rest of the Museum, discovering a wonderful room on the very top floor - simply containing a loom and a weaver

the weaver kindly invited me to try weaving on her loom [of the back-tensioned Okinawa variety] and the few minutes i spent there brought back the marvel and wonder of the slow creation of cloth, thread by thread...less hurried and more intense than the speedy rush offered by felting

and so a seed was sown

i've turned again to the craft that has sustained women in my family for generations; looking to weavers like Sandra Brownlee, Anni Albers and Misao Jo for guidance as i experiment with shredded cloth, single-spun wool and plied silk threads on equipment ranging from a small piece of bent copper pipe to a Saori loom