I have begun weaving my therapy scroll and it is proving to be a good way for me to play with ideas for my next series of planned works. As a therapy it is working well. It is a good way to encourage me to weave on days when my hands don't feel up to the job. It will be interesting to see how this woven scroll will work as an art-work in its final entirety. The warp is about 25cm wide, and from memory I think it is about 3 metres long, so whether I decide to make one long weaving or two shorter ones will be determined by how it looks as I fill the warp up.
I had a sudden flash of an idea to stop at this point as the piece thus far works reasonably well as a complete and balanced design in its own right. As I am weaving free-form without a cartoon, my lazy, chaotic and ill-disciplined streak was screaming to be content with this idea. It would have been easy to leave a gap in the warp and begin a second piece. However my more disciplined and methodical self figured it could be a dangerous precedent to set. Ultimately these unplanned pieces never have the same strength and depth that well planned and re-worked designs have.
My next series of designs are based on two specific NZ coins. At the same time I also have ideas for the ANZAC centennial in 3 years time nudging in on my scribbles and scrawls vying for attention. I have also been looking at traditional tapa cloth and Maori and Samoan tattoo designs.