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2022 Summer Weaving Challenge: Week One, "Process Vs. Product"

2022 Summer Weaving Challenge: Week One, "Process Vs. Product" 

process vs. project

Recently, my nearly two year old has taken a serious interest in creating art. We keep many of her art supplies at the dining room table and she asks multiple times a day to draw. While she tends to instruct us on what WE should draw, ("MAMA, BUS","DADA, BALL") we let her take full creative control of her creations. It is fascinating to watch her work. She knows exactly what colors and medium she wants to use and never seems to worry about the final product, though sometimes she does explain that what she just drew was a doggy or a car. 

I started researching how to best encourage a toddler's artistic instincts and I came across a lot of information about "Process Art" vs. "Product Art." Process art is created simply for the act of making while product art is made with a goal of achieving a certain aesthetic. 

There are many benefits to process art:

-It takes pressure off of the act of creating because there is no "right" or wrong.
-The art is entirely one's own
-There tends to be more exploration of technique and experimentation 
-It allows the artist to set their own pace and work within their capabilities 

Thinking about process art made me realize that I almost always create project art when it comes to weaving. How much I plan depends, but like many of you I'm sure, I rarely dive into a project without a clear vision of what I want to create.  

This week's challenge is to create a weaving using the idea of process art as your inspiration. 

Here's how I did it:
-I chose some yarn (the gorgeous Array from our Summer Weaving Challenge Kit), made some butterflies with it and warped up a Saffron Pocket Loom. Then, I started weaving. I chose colors in the manner that my daughter does: decisively and without overthinking. I let the techniques come to me and tried not to plan ahead. This is what I have so far: 

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We hope you have fun with this challenge! When you're finished with this challenge, we encourage you to post pictures on social media! On Instagram and Facebook, use the hashtag #summerweavingchallenge on your public posts. You can also email me (Elena) pictures and lessons from the challenge. We will share some of these in the coming weeks! Remember, Summer Weaving Challenge awards will be given based on participation and achievements, so let us know what you're working on if you want to be considered for the amazing prizes at the end of the summer!