Lest you think that being kindle-equipped means I have abandoned The Book, do not be alarmed. My first port of call on Saturday morning, when I arrived in the vicinity of my meeting, was the utterly marvellous London Review Bookshop. If you haven’t tried it yet then you are missing a treat, so next time you go to the British Museum take time to cross the road and pay this lovely place a visit. I browsed happily for half an hour among books that I would never otherwise have known about. My only regret is that I didn’t have time for a slice of cake.
I’ve also been hanging out in other people’s libraries. Not for any good reason; just because it sometimes seems more interesting to take my laptop somewhere else. And yesterday, while I was hanging out in someone else’s library, I noticed a copy of The Illustrated Longitude. This is a coffee table edition of Dava Sobel’s book about John Harrison and his clocks, and it really is very illustrated indeed. Every page has at least one picture — a portrait, a map, a photograph, a diagram — and often several. Many of you will already know that the title of the yardage exhibition at Convergence 2012 is Longitude, so you can imagine the sorts of ideas my post title refers to. I whipped out a notebook and started sketching some of the illustrations so that I could ponder them further.
To be honest, I haven’t yet made up my mind whether I want to enter a piece for this exhibition. If I did, I would want to weave something much lighter weight than last time as the cost of shipping Mystery beyond the Mountains was horrendous. And to be honest I wasn’t tremendously happy about the way it was displayed when it got there. Nonetheless, the ideas which are germinating are quite exciting and would require me to try new things, so I may just weave the yardage first and then decide.
My earlier idea is almost ready to implement. It is intended to look something like this.
Even though I have been playing with these parallel threadings for quite a while now, I still find it challenging to set up patterns where the reversing points do just what I want them to do. So a draft with plenty of reversing points provides plenty of practice — theoretical practice, that is. For the practical practice I have to get this on the loom and see what happens…