Hot Topic: Weaving with Glass!
Luncheon Talk, Sunday, June 19
You may have noticed that weaving requires materials that are somewhat flexible. How is it even possible to weave with a material as totally rigid and fragile as glass? What does the American Studio Glass Movement have in common with modern weaving technology? What if you want to weave with glass but don’t have all of the necessary equipment? If these momentous issues have been keeping you awake at night, then this talk will answer all of your questions.
Sally Eyring has been weaving and building tools since childhood. She earned a B.A. in Mathematics Education from Arizona State University and an M.F.A. from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. Her M.F.A. graduate project described the immigration experience through woven sculptural headdresses, using a unique 3-D weaving method that she invented. Her work has been featured in the Complex Weavers Journal, Handwoven, and Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot.
In addition to weaving, Sally both renovates and builds looms, and does glass casting. She built a tapestry loom from scratch, modified a counterbalance loom into a jack loom, modified multiple horizontal countermarch looms into parallel countermarch looms, and built both a drawloom and a 32-shaft computer dobby loom. Some of the tools that she has built include a horizontal warping mill, an electric bobbin winder, warping trapezes, and a cold mangle. In addition to her own looms, Sally has been gifted with seven or eight looms that she has renovated and donated to weaving students at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
Sally’s 3-D weaving can be seen at: http://handwovenandsewn.blogspot.com/ and http://sallyglassdreams.blogspot.com/. The special type of glass casting she does, called Pâte de Verre (paste of glass), can be seen at: http://glassdreams.us.