Exploring Textiles in Brown Room
Over the course of the past week and a half, Brown Room has begun exploring with textiles and fabric in our light table and studio explorations. At the light table we’ve been working on weaving with spider looms. Spider looms are called as such because the yarn is wrapped around in a way that mimics a spider web design. It's a first stage weaving loom that encourages folding and pushing materials under the many strands of yarn. For this first foray into weaving, we chose a variety of transparent textiles that would amplify the light table’s glow. The materials had varying rigidity so as to challenge Brown Room when it came to weaving them into the loom.
Today we also began sewing. Like clay, collage or wire, sewing is a prolific technique that Brown Room will use well into their Tucker year. As we continue to explore it, children will have the opportunity to add all kinds of materials to their creations, but today we began with just a simple stitch.
Ford chose a groovy blue fabric and green thread. As he stitched he began to add red thread and remarked: I’m making a rainbow. Is that beautiful? He took his time and ended up finishing a beautiful 5, stitch piece.
Ford: (feeling the fabric in the hoop): It’s like a bubble
Ellie: One for baby Max! I’m doing it
Ford: I’m making a big one (stitch)
Ellie: I’m sewing!
Similarly, Ellie was very interested in the color of her thread and chose pink thread on a cornflower blue backdrop. As she focused on the needle diving in and out of the hoop she sang to herself “sewing, sewing sewing, sewing”
Seon and Ragnar were next to try sewing. Seon started with a small hoop with white silk, but then decided she wanted to try and even smaller hoop with a yellow, textured fabric. Ragnar chose a medium frame with a red polyester with red thread.
Seon: I want to try the other (hoop)
Ragnar: What do we do? We just poke them in?
Elena: Yes, we’re going to start by poking it through the bottom.
Ragnar: Is this the bottom? Do I stick it there?
In addition to trying the textiles today, we also brought back our miniature paintings. Rawls, Louisa, Isabelle and Seon particularly enjoyed this provocation!
Seon: I would like that red please.
Louisa: Pink. Ellie likes pink too. And Ellie likes unicorns. Me too.
Seon: I add other color too.
Louisa: I want yellow. I;m going to cover this. It making different colors.
Seon: I mix other color.
Louisa dabbing yellow on top of pink. She then added white.: This is great! I mixing this. It's not mixing different colors. Me try yellow. Mixing different colors. I like it. Let me try red. I need red.
Seon painted the outline of a square and then filled it for her second painting.
Louisa: I'm making bubbles. I making circles.
Isabelle: I like paint.
Rawls: It’s like orange. With yellow. I use red to make orange.
Isabelle: I’m making this for Mafe. She love it. She like this and this and this (pointing to the red, pink and orange jars of paint.