I take my profession very seriously. This is not a woman’s hobby that got out of hand. hand-woven textile is extremely suitable as a transmission piece. Something made with great care can have the value to speak. It speaks on behalf of the maker and broadcasts stories and energy. To do this well, a lot of attention is needed and not necessarily a lot of technique. The attention starts with the manual fabrication of the fiber and ends with the correct placement of the threads and the finished work. I like to think of it as a kind of fireplace.
The basic of textile is fiber. The fiber I work with is (mainly) flax and it grows in Hemmen. I produce it with about 30 other linen stewards.
You can find my artist statement here: https://indd.adobe.com/view/d5bb1d39-0ebd-4f23-aa65-9df04b2cecf1
“Spinning the thread, follow the region’s splendid light: guard thou the path ways well which wisdom hath prepared. Weave ye the knotless labour of the bards who sing: be Manu thou, and bring the Heavenly People forth.”
Rig Veda (Griffith 1896, 10.53.6)
Spinning: Rapidly rotating on an axis, whirling, the motion of something that spins, the process of converting fibers into yarn or thread, the snorring sound of a happy cat.
Twisting; two threads that cross and make a strong tool. Spinning and Twining might be the oldest textile technique in the world. Originally done by hand rubbing a fiber over the thighs. Two twisted threads are much stronger than a single wire. A wire or, in the case of slightly thicker material, a rope. The rope. The first product in the world that has been traded. To twine also means to create something juicy! Something that is wanted; Trade
“strong thread made from twisted strands,” Old English twin “double thread,” from Proto-Germanic *twiznaz “double thread, twisted thread” (source also of Dutch twijn, Low German twern, German zwirn “twine, thread”), from PIE root *dwo- “two.”
“to twist strands together to form twine,” c. 1300, from twine (n.) and probably also from Old Norse tvinna “to double.” Sense of “to twist around something” (as twine does) is recorded from late 14c. Related: Twined; twining.