Reflection: I was, I am, I will be
How would you answer Chanel Miller’s “I was, I am, I will be” prompt? Would your answers look like Miller’s, or would they look different?
One way to appreciate a work of art is to attempt the art form yourself. Known as the “weaver’s weaver,” Kay Sekimachi (American, b. 1926) resurrected fiber as a medium of artistic expression in the 1960s. In this activity, create your own weaving loom with cardboard and then weave your own textile project. As you construct your loom and learn the labor-intensive process of weaving, you might begin to wonder how Sekimachi was able to create her famous three-dimensional structures.
Loom: A loom is the structure that you use to give your weave support and tension as you work. Once your weave is complete, you will cut it off the loom and your weave will have its own structure.
Warp thread: This is the thread that is strung over the loom vertically and holds the tension while you weave.
Weft thread: This is the thread that you weave between the warp threads, creating your patterns and structure in the weave.
• Safety scissors
• Sturdy cardboard box
• Tape and/or glue
• Comb (optional)
Building the Loom
Dressing the Loom
Explore the different resources on weave designs below and begin your textile project.