There is an art show that is related to the Boquete Jazz Festival. A friend suggested I enter a weaving, so I jumped on the idea and submitted my entry form. It does seem precocious of me to enter an art show since I have only been weaving for two months but on the other hand, what I'm coming up with is a culmination of many years of working in design with color and texture so the experiences of the past made this new-to-me art form more readily comfortable to me.
I decided to listen to the upcoming jazz artists while I wove. That worked out great and helped create the ambiance that I feel about Latin Jazz so I decided to make a wall hanging called "Latin Jazz Moves Me". Hanging it horizontally gave it more motion and the colors came out great.
I decided to use a lot of color in the warp. That was my first experience with so many color changes and it took me a while to get it on the loom. I'll do it differently next time.
I made a long enough warp to do two open-weave wall hangings but once I did the first one and liked it very much, I decided to just make the rest of the warp woven for cloth. I am going to wear the second piece as a sash on the opening night. (pictures to come)
As I contemplated my fiber selection I realized that I lacked the bright latin colors that really say JAZZ to me. Fortunately, my sister-in-law, Tammy King, had recently ordered a big set of thread for her Ashford Fixed Heddle Loom and she generously let me raid her new supplies!
The opening is Friday Feb. 22 and I will take pictures of the installation but here are some closeups of the weavings: