First, let me say that I don’t know how to turn off the flash on our oh-so high tech camera, so each picture has the sun in it. This is the display at our library. All the staff signed up in January to do various displays and bulletin boards. It seemed so far away until it wasn’t. I had blithely committed myself for October and thought I’d throw something together themed for Spinning and Weaving Week. I never gave a second thought to being the only person to sign up for display cases and the main bulletin board in one month.
To make things even more harrowing, I had to do the installation the day I got back from vacation. I had two cases to fill so put out two laundry baskets, one for weaving, one for spinning. As I thought of things, I’d toss them in one of the baskets. When they were full, I put them in the back of the car. The cases are difficult to fill. There are doors on the back side, so I was working from behind the display. To see what it looked like, I had to get up and walk around to the front. Lots of creaky knee business going on.
I've got fleece in the car in rolled down grocery sacks and will add it to the bulletin board display area so people can play with it. The displays aren’t as artfully arranged as I would wish, but the response has been gratifying. I have come to the conclusion that I am an evangelical fiberist – a fibergelical? I think people are ready to find a medium for personal expression - I know what spinning and weaving mean to me. I think a lot of us are just plain WalMarted out.