The weavers of Highland Guild worked hard yesterday! I had driven up north with a boot-ful of looms – having also sent several warps on ahead a month ago – and we spent the day looking at ‘Colour from a Different Angle’ using Goethe’s (or Albers’s) triangle.
There is a lot to enjoy in Goethe’s work on colour, but the thing I find most interesting about the triangle is the way it facilitates creating sub-groups of colours associated with different themes and moods. It’s a great way to work if you are starting from an inspirational idea that is not visual, such as a piece of music. So we spent most of the day examining these sub-groups and testing out the theory with coloured card and then on the looms (see images above).
The day flew by and at 4 o’clock we were reviewing a glorious selection of samples. The whole set is not represented here, as some of those who had brought their own looms weren’t yet ready to cut off.
For me a side benefit to the trip was the opportunity to cadge a night’s bed and board with my friend Christina and to catch up with all that she is doing – which is quite a lot, as she is a prolific weaver, spinner AND dyer! I can safely say that I have never been in a house with more spinning wheels, or even half as many spinning wheels for that matter.
I was a bit starey-eyed by the time I came to the long drive home (and the A9 is nobody’s favourite driving experience because of the few impatient drivers who make it dangerous for the rest). But it was a fine evening, the Cairngorms were on good form, and there was no one to critique my singing along to Queen’s greatest hits. Home safe in time for a glass of wine, an omelette and Beck: perfect.