2.24.2010

finished spindle

This spindle is the elegant drawing tool I'd longed for: well balanced, easy functionally, beautiful when still and even more so when in use. The most elusive part, finding a mechanism for holding the lead securely and letting it go for sharpening, had a serendipitous solution after collecting a pile of various pencil parts, a couple days stare time, and a kitemaker. The rest of the tool was calibrated carefully for just the right line quality and wiggle. Handspinners tend to maintain a variety of spindles to spin various yarn weights. In the same way, my drawing tool can be adapted through variations in the whorl weight, balance and size; possibilities abound in adopting a more complex line vocabulary. For now, there is so much to say with just this.

3 comments:

redredday said...

my goodness Erin, that is one beautiful tool, such perfection you've created. i came here to marvel more at those lovely balls of softness that you wind up, and what a treat to see more! these images are so mesmerizing - love the shadow reflected and that teetering between the ethereal and being centered, grounded. i wonder where else these drawings will take you...

Julia said...

your work has such a lovely language! enjoying each and every post!

Jane Kenington said...

I love this! I too work with lines and thread and love this idea - beautiful.

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