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We were going gangbusters at the ArtCentre of Plano’s 2015 summer camp with 14 looms set up and dozens of children coming through—nearly all of them weaving on a “real loom” for the very first time. It was fascinating to see how they reacted—“Cool!” “This is easy!” “Can I buy one of these things?” “Do we get to take our weaving home?” Nearly all of the kids told us after an hour of weaving that they’d like to “do this again!”
I thought, “Why not try him on the floor loom?” So we went over to it and he began in the same fashion— but soon he got the hang of it. This was easier for him, and he went to town! With each shuttle throw and each bang of the beater he said (out loud) “I’M DOING IT! I’M DOING IT! I’M DOING IT!” in rhythm with his weaving. He wove well and beat tightly and together we celebrated his weaving piece, which looked really great.
(Left to right): Camp Assistant Zack Oldham, Art Centre of Plano Executive Director Suzy Jones, Weaving Camp Coordinator Anne Cameron, Camp Assistant Michael Talamantaz, and Camp Assistant and Plano ISD art educator Kristina Morley