Geke de Vries

(Pronounced Gay' ka de Frees)

It is always great fun and inspirational to attend a weaving conference. This past summer at the national conference in Milwaukee I took a class in multiple weave structures using the same threading including Echo Weave. Echo refers to the way colors follow each other. This photo shows an example of an 8 shaft Echo Weave in 4 colors creating a design with curved lines. The result is great for a wall hanging, runner, scarf or jacket.

I have also been experimenting with Line Building, a technique for painting silk scarves. The wet on dry process creates squiggly lines where colors meet and interact with each other.  Colorful silk scarves with new and interesting designs are the result.

Cowls, often called infinity scarves, continue to be popular. They make a colorful scarf or collar in a jacket and over a sweater. Longer cowls can wrap around twice. They are wonderfully soft and will keep you warm in our cold Wisconsin winters. They are also great gifts.

I continue to teach Beginning Weaving at my home studio in Madison. The next class will begin in January 2017. For several years I have been teaching a Weaving Class at The Clearing in Door County. The Clearing, a folk school, was started by Jens Jensen and is based on the Scandinavian philosophy of enrichment through art and nature. The next class is scheduled for the week of May 14, 2017. Locally I am also continuing to work with the weavers at Oakwood Village Retirement Community. 

My handwovens are available at art fairs and at my home studio on Merrill Springs Road in Madison.

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