Materiality and Transformation

Often times when I use art materials, I don’t always have a connection to them; where they came from, who made them, what they are made from. This month, we were so fortunate to experience the life cycle of wool; from the sheep, to washing and carding, to spinning, to dyeing, to weaving. I am so excited to see what my yarns turn into next, having witnessed each process myself. It is a very special thing to create such a deep connection to the materials you are working with. It gives them a personality, a life, a story. Just like my wools, I feel transformed by this experience.

Learning to Spin Wool
Results from the first time hand spinning
Buying wool and natural dyed yarn from Johana, the expert sheep farmer and hand-spinner
Preparing the lupin dye bath
My first hand-spinning dyed with lupin