The really cool part is that they invited modern day artisans to demonstrate these skills...and I was one of those artisans! They also had a weaver, ceramic artist, wood carver, glass maker, and a rock sculptor. It was so fun to be a part of this amazing gallery! I had my own little platform to spin on with a table to display my goods and they even printed my name out and framed it. :D
Most of the visitors who stopped by knew nothing about spinning. There was a lot of fascinated looks by adults and kids alike. I got the usual comments: "You're too young for that", "Why do that when you can just buy yarn in a store", "Spinster!", and of course, "Don't prick your finger. " LOL! It was wonderful to hear stories from people of spinners they knew and how it brought back memories for them. I had a nice conversation with a sweet senior man about how his mom would spin on their porch and how she made woven clothing for him. Really cool stuff. :D
This weighted loom was a replica of one they found in a cave dating back 10,000 years!
I had such a wonderful time but just wish I could have stayed longer. :)