Carpet Weaving

I saw some inspiring pieces at a museum in LA a couple days ago. It was also a good place to escape the heat.  This first one, my photo of a photo, looking through a window, could have passed as a painting.

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One of the exhibits was called the Afghan Carpet Project which was a collaboration between a non profit group, American artists, and Afghan carpet weavers to help revitalize the traditional carpet weaving industry in that country. This first photo is a segment from a carpet called Blue Burqa.

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An entire family works together weaving the yarns to make one carpet.  The next photo is a segment from one called Kite Fight.  Amazing skills…and patience.

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The monthly book sale at one of the nearby libraries was yesterday.  This particular one has a considerable amount of very old books.  And even though I have read the ones I purchased, I was so drawn to them, I bought them anyway.  A whopping $1.00 each.  Not only is it extremely interesting to me that they are so old, and that they survived to this point, and I like to wonder who else has owned them, but they are like little art pieces.  Old leather covers with “Ernest Hemingway” embossed in a 1940 edition of For Whom the Bell Tolls, and an ancient photo of Robert Louis Stevenson in a 1928 mini edition of Treasure Island.

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Working on my 10×10 panels.  In the meantime, this is a larger one I did a while back, using leaves for stamps.

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I’ll leave you with a little LA sunshine (with a small amount of heat relief under a table umbrella).

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Hope you are enjoying your September days.

 

 

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Carpet Weaving

  1. Always interesting to read your blog–the reinvention of rug patterns and what wonderful old books–I love books–I’ve tried reading them online–it just isn’t the same as holding a real book in my hand–and the stitching on your prints is very interesting.

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