Weaving as an Art Form: From Ancient Myth to Modern Day Morocco – December 3, 2018
EWG member and instructor, Kim McCollum provided an insightful and stimulating presentation on her recent trip to Morocco, artist Anni Albers, and Kim’s own approach to weaving. This was the second lecture in the “Master Wannabees” series open to all EWG members.
Kim showcased the weavers that she met in Morocco and described their inventiveness in making looms and their weaving tools, their teamwork, and the symbols and communication in their weaving. A beautiful example of symbolism was the Moroccan weaver calling the warping mill the heart of weaving – good weaving starts with a strong heart (a good warp).
Kim scheduled her travel to Morocco to be able to experience Anni Albers’ retrospective exhibition Weaving Magic at the Tate Modern in London. Anni Albers’ combination of the “ancient craft of handweaving with the language of modern art” has inspired Kim in her current MFA studies which explore new intersections between weaving and abstract painting.
Thank you Kim for an amazing presentation that touched on history, culture, and philosophy of weaving, and your push to continue its evolution.