A Room-A Loom
Please join us to view the completed Los Angeles incarnation of this collaborative textile.
Opening reception June 19th, 7-10 pm
A Room-A Loom began as a site-specific weaving experiment by Julia Sherman at workspace. With consideration for the architecture of the gallery, the loom uses the building’s walls to turn a room into a simple machine. With the loom spanning the width and breadth of the space, there is no place to enter without becoming part of the planar field of yarn and donated materials.
An invitation to bring your own materials and learn to weave was extended to members of the workspace community, crafts chat rooms, North East LA culture websites and whomever happened to peek their head in our door to see what we were up to. The excitement and interest people brought to the project generates from the stories imbued in the materials donated, a curiosity for weaving, and the social/relational aspects of participating in such a large-scale project. This loom is a very simple incarnation of what can be a very complex craft, and people are thrilled to have the opportunity to pick up the basics so quickly and with so little pressure.
Some materials used have been: Sheep-dog fur, raw wool, lingerie, weeds from a neighbor’s garden, a blanket from distant travels, palm fronds, wire, silkscreening rags, scarves, bubble wrap, the yellow pages, old socks, Dave’s ex-girlfriend’s pajamas, John Baldessari’s toilet paper, audio cassette tape, oil-painting rags, fat pants and tons of old clothes.
This project is intended to be re-created in other spaces, beginning with Copy Gallery in Philadelphia, PA, Goonies Project Space in Vancouver BC, CAIRO Gallery is Seattle and SEA Change in Portland, OR. Eventually, there will be a group exhibition with all of the weavings from the various participating spaces.