Through Textile Arts Center, I was fortunate enough to learn about backstrap weaving with Neil Goss. He is on a Medicinal Art Tour. My woven piece (which uses an onion skin dyed hemp warp, and indigo/hibiscus/mushroom dyed shoelace and wool weft) is now hanging in between tree branches, on the tree I strapped my hand made loom to (in a garden by TAC).
My piece will be part of a backstrap woven web of naturally dyed tapestries created throughout the US on Neil's Medicinal Art Tour. It was a beautiful weekend full of learning, sharing (and a bit of sunburn). Crafting a loom that has been used to create cloth for thousands upon thousands of years clarified to me the story a weaving can tell.