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The Thunderbird Monday, January 16, 1984 Page 9 SUSC weaving students learn knot to tangle Carmen art of weaving explored and practiced seating room taught is Time-honore- d by in class by Fletcher Matson Behind a double door set in an inconspicuous alcove across from the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, a group of women bend intently over the many different textile projects stretched across more than a dozen wooden hand looms. One holds a set of rainbow-colore- d strands interlaced with denim strips, another contains a snowflake transparency done in white thread. only to do but Ive never had the chance. Id like to keep doing it. Well see how it goes quarter by quarter, first. The class usually stimulates the students interest and appreciation of fabric and handcrafts, and some even loom buy their own looms. A well-buican last many decades, she says. The Harl Judd family once gave the college an antique loom that was over 90 years old. The college later sold it to the Actwater Weaving Guild in Salt Lake City. That loom now resides in Brigham Youngs summer home in Pioneer Trails Park; the park staff still gives weaving demonstrations on it during the summer. Several of Jones students have had their work exhibited in the SUSC library, the student art show hosted by the Braithwaite Gallery in the spring and a few other places as well. I had a student who did her own dyeing and reproduced a scenic area of Zion National Park. Its hanging in the reception center; they bought it. Jones is quick to point out that although fiber artists can create some very beautiful, expressive tapestries and many complex designs, they can seldom make a living in their field. There may be 50,000 members in the National Weaving Organization but the market demand for their work is extremely low. Most professional weavers teach at universities or colleges. Very few can live just on their skills. If they do, they either have a select clientele thats very wealthy or they work with architects and interior decorators, she stated. In spite of this rather dim appraisal, the class seems relaxed and content as the professor moves to untangle yet another knotty problem. Working at an ancient craft in a comfortable room filled with friendly people and warm afternoon sunshine, the weaverjdant seem to be too worried about the future. lt The rugs and wall hangings are as varied as the women who are creating them. In the east wall, boxes upon boxes of colorful textured threads and yarns of nubby wools and fine, pastel linens line the shelves of a small sub-roo- Presiding over this quiet company of busy students is Carmen C. Jones, the assistant professor of family life, who has taught the weaving classes at SUSC for the past 20 years. Within the past few years theres been a great deal of interest in weaving as an art form, she says. It can be an art form or it can be very utilitarian. Theres such a diversity in this field. Jones says that weaving classes at SUSC started about 30 years ago in a little classroom with only three looms. The course proved so popular that the college added 14 more looms and moved the class into more spacious quarters. Enrollment is still near capacity. Weaving 124 and 424 is a combination class for beginning and advanced students. For the most part, a weaving student will complete his or her projects at his or her own speed, with some occasional help from the instructor. Jones teaches the beginners the basic weaving skills, such as how to prepare the loom and the materials, how to work with fiber and principles of color and design. For the rest of the quarter Jones; Alice Braithwaite is among those who enjoy SUSCs weaving classes. theyre at the looms, next to the advanced students who are designing their own patterns and articles rugs, tapestries, even clothing. Its such a good tie-i- n with teaching textiles and clothing, said Jones. Students enroll in weaving for many reasons, says Jones. Most people take it to explore a new hobby, some who already weave enjoy learning new techniques and several enroll in the class to better understand their other studies. Since Im going into costuming I thought it would be a good thing to know, explains Patty Gordon, a junior theatre major. She plans to weave a woolen cape for her class final. Sabine Gnittke, a part-tim- e student who commutes from Zion National Park just for her weaving and swimming classes, says she does it just for fun. Its just something that Ive always wanted Students choose their WIPs Faculty Recital slated tonight For the second time this year the SUSC drama department will present Works In Progress (WIP), on Jan. 20 and 21 at 8 p.m. in the Auditoriums studio theatre. According to Douglas H. Baker, assistant professor of theatre arts, admission is free to the public and everyone is invited to attend. Baker began the WIPs last year because he felt that there was not enough acting and directing opportunities for SUSC students. The students here are very ambitious, talented and qualified, and the WIPs give them this opportunity to show really how gifted they are, said Baker. Three student-directe- d pieces will The first is Getting Out, written by Marsha Norman and directed by Mitzi McKay. Phillip Shelburne will direct the comedy Rosencrantz and Gildenstem Are Dead, by Tom Stoppard. This is a satirical review of the characters in Shakespeares Hamlet. Although the characters of this play were intended to be performed by men, Stoppard has chosen a cast consisting entirely of women, which should make for an interesting twist. The third performance, Sincerely Yours, by theatre arts major David Mills, will be presented as a readers theatre. Sincerely Yours is a drama about the relations between a family hit by trying times and the crises they encounter. Darrell Phillips will direct. Adagio, Toccata and Fugue with student Cheery Dalton as the organist. From the romantic operas, JLene Hansen will sing arias from La they teach. Boheme and Carmen. Dennis Bacon, Winter quarter musical programs begin the newest addition to the music faculty, tonight with a faculty recital featuring will perform a Concert Etude by works of Bach, Bizet and Goedicke. Alexander Goedicke for trumpet. The hee program is scheduled to begin David Nyman, MacKay and Penny Recital Hall. in the at 8 Tonight students will have the opportunity to discover if the music faculty members really practice what p.m. Thorley Bachs Con'erto for Oboe and Violin will feature Virginia Stitt, Sara Penny, Jan Harrison and Michele McKay. Stitt will also perform the Premiere Solo by Bouideaux for bassoon and piano with Hal Campbell. Another bassoon piece will be Bachs will join forces for a string trio by Schubert. The Stamitz Duet No. 2 for violin and cello is also on the program. Musical events continue this quarter at SUSC with a small ensembles conctrt, the opera Marriage of Figaro, and concerts by both instrumental and vocal organizations.