Wood and Wool: Julia Lines Wilson

Julia Lines Wilson hails from Aquidneck Island, RI (which is the subject of some of her work)
and now makes her work out of Brooklyn and Philadelphia.

She’s a young fiber artist, and uses fiber, wood and maps to bring beautiful order to the world she sees.

Time Tapestries

The tapestries above were woven as chronicles of four separate days, with different yarns to deliniate time spent on different tasks.

Woven Construction III
Woven Contruction Layers
Woven Construction VII

The selection from the series above use techniques in house framing and needle weaving to create these delicate and sturdy structures.

Wilson has a strong relationship to her materials, and, clearly, is interested in the processes that weaving inclines itself toward.
She built this direct tie up piano loom to investigate the relationship between playing the piano and weaving.

Piano Loom

you can see more of Julia Lines Wilson’s work on her website HERE

Wild for Natural Dyes

Janis Thompson taught her Intro to Natural Dyes class a few weekends ago.
It was such a treat, it was a million classes rolled up in one!
And each participant left with a clear and comprehensive understanding of how to be their own natural dye extraordinaire!

Not only did she teach basic safety, mordanting, and dying; she taught how to overdye, how to use after baths
and even let loose a few secrets of where to wildcraft around town.

investigating color in the dye studio

the mushroom Dead Man’s Foot (which dyes a beautiful golden brown) can be found around downtown camping out under the oak trees!
and the lichen Letharia can be cultivated at higher elevations, around Bend for example, clinging to the Ponderosa Pine (letharia dyes a gentle and luminous yellow, that makes a beautiful base for overdying)

the EXTENSIVE! sample card

You can make out most of what we were dying with written on the dye bath above..
there were household onion skins, mexican cochineal, walnuts that Janis had fermenting in her garage, exotic barks…a very diverse array of dyestuff!
The class was a ball, I would highly recommend swinging by the next time she offers a Natural Dye wonderland!
She’s hosting a Natural Dye Day on Saturday October 27th, so you have a little time to free up your schedule and get on down to the Eugene Textile Center and dye your heart out (naturally…)
You can register for the Dye Day here.

the crew