Marty Bynum, Weaver
In all of my memory, I have been doing some sort of art. Finally, at age 45, I was able to go to school and actually study art at Clemson University. During my time at Clemson, all art students took at least one semester from all disciplines (photography, ceramics, painting, sculpture, printmaking, and drawing). In my senior year I was looking for something different. My advisor recommended weaving, usually a class for textile majors. I signed up, and ending up LOVING it! But, I eventually had to get a “real job”, and my loom sat quietly in my basement until I sold it a few years after graduation. Recently, I was interested in finding something different from the jewelry making that I was doing.
My sweet husband bought a rigid heddle loom for me. It is a simple kind of loom that is quick to set up, and doesn’t take up too much room in my den. I am enjoying my weaving more than any activity I have done in a LONG time! It stimulates exploration of color, texture, design concepts, and (as in ALL art) problem solving. So, weaving is never boring!