In the Zone: Weaving the Weave

24 Jun

“Tell us about your favorite way to get lost in a simple activity — running, chopping vegetables, folding laundry, whatever. What’s it like when you’re in “the zone”?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us LOST.

 

We do a lot of work that takes tons of time but in the big scheme of things is classified as a simple activity. Weaving wire hour after hour is one of those things we do most. Each piece of weave takes many hours to make yet we love to do it.

 

 

Weaving is more than just playing with wire. Weaving is a place of peace as we enter “the zone”. We all have been there and when we find something that puts us in the zone we seem to want to do it again and again. I have been known to say that weaving is hard and takes lots of time but for us it is also a form of physical meditation. I have known many people that have tried their hand at weaving Viking knit and I hear over and over how hard and boring it is. Lots of people try it, but it is not an art that flows for them even though they find it to be stunning they end up not finishing and come to us to purchase a piece of fine wearable art in the form of jewelry. The above piece is 7 wires woven at the same time. I find that getting into the zone with multiple wires is different than when I work with 1 wire repeating the motion over and over again such as was done with the following piece:  

 

While in the zone everything slows down and my mind is so focused it is amazing. As a person that has to multi task most of the time the peace and inner tranquility is a joy. Even with my mind calm and slowed down to hyper focus my hand flies and the piece creates itself in through my movements. Every weave and every pull of the wire is guided by my hands and my mind but it is only guided. Each time I pull the wire there is a surprise that is awe inspiring, and the thrill of the “next magical moment” is part of the draw to keep coming back and creating more.

 

What puts you in the zone? Please share…

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