Hello Weaving

The Glasgow School of Art weaving room

The Glasgow School of Art weaving room

Stretching the yarn

Stretching the yarn

Setting up the loom took a full day

Setting up the loom took a full day

The happy weaver

The happy weaver

Weaving is something that I imagined gave me a few more grey hairs. I never really knew the joy that it could produce until I signed up for a three day induction at school with the kind and patient weave technician Chantel.. She showed us how to unwind the yarn, stretch it and place it on a loom. We worked in a room with all different wooden looms; table ones, computerized one, but best of all I was on a hundred year old clunker that was powered by my foot on a lever. I weaved with different patterns and yarns, played with inserting chopsticks to make spaces, used metallic, silk, linen and Harris Tweed yarn. It was SO much fun. Building up the cloth takes time and is a mesmerizing and physical process. I look forward to the day I find an unloved loom and bring it home.

Last week my classmate Olivia (from Taiwan) and I went to the town of Paisley, on the outskirts of Glasgow to visit the Coats & Clarks Thread museum. Some lovely ladies who used to work at the factory gave us a tour. The company goes back 200 years. After that we wandered to Sma’ Shot Cottages for a tour of cottage/weaving life in the 1700’s and then had lentil soup, tea and treats in their tea room.

I've always loved how threads sit together so well. Coats & Clarks Museum

I’ve always loved how threads sit together so well. Coats & Clarks Museum

Found this photo in the archives

Found this photo in the archives

 

Sneek Peek

Classmate Ning takes photos

Classmate Ning

Photographer extrodinaire Janeanne Gilchrist

Photographer Janeanne Gilchrist

Andrali Kalliopi

Klelia Kalliopi

Tutor's Alan and Juliet discuss Leylya Salif's work

Tutor’s Alan and Juliet discuss Leylya Salif’s work

Madder dyed blouse and hand quilted coat

My work…Madder dyed blouse and hand quilted coat

Photo by Janeanne Gilchrist

Walnut husk dyed and screened coat, madder dyed trousers with logwood screened design.

Walnut husk dyed and screened coat, madder dyed trousers with logwood screened design.

Photo by Janeanne Gilchrist

Cape dress dyes with oak galls and iron, screened with glue

Cape dress dyes with oak galls and iron, screened with glue

Photo by Janeanne Gilchrist

We had models and a photographer shoot our clothes recently. It happened all very quickly and we didn’t have much time to play around as all 11 of us had to get through the 6 hour day. We submitted our work for the final evaluation and have an exhibition (with all the other masters students) at the Lighthouse in Glasgow for two weeks starting in mid-September. We have documented our work and I’ve made three booklets and have fabric samples as well.

The last three months have been the busiest in my life. Crazy doesn’t even come close to describing the madness. Time is whizzing by and it’s hard to believe that our year is coming to an end. I have mixed feelings about it all.  My Scottish heart grew this past year and I am very sad to say goodbye..but luckily my two brothers will be coming over here on my last week for an all out U.K. blow out. I will meet them in London and we will make our way up to Buckie (where mum’s from) to see family, the North Sea and some distilleries. Madness of the Young family kind.

Last days in Scotland


Yannick and Clement returned from Alsace and we spent their last days with friends. On Saturday we drove to Largs with Hugh, Maureen and Philippa and took the ferry across to the west coast island of Cumbrae. We rented bikes and cycled 10 kilometres around the island and stopped for beach exploring, chocolate bars and fish and chips along the way.

On Sunday Yannick work early to bake up a storm of treats for the afternoon farewell playdate with Clement’s friends in Pollok park. The sun came out and my sandals made their last appearance of the year. The kids ran around and played on the new wooden elephant, in the woods and playground. It was really great to see all the parents and kids again.

Yannick & Clement are now back home in Vancouver. Our phone number is the same. Please call or drop by and say hello. We have all missed our family and friends and I’m sure they would love to see you. I am still at school for the following month and return in early October.