Fluorescent ort loom (weaving detail)
A detail of the weaving from one of Sue's ort looms, small wooden squares with threads made from tied together orts woven across them.
"Ort" is a very old word that once meant a scrap or remainder of food from a meal. It is now used by needle artists to refer to the little scraps of thread that end up getting clipped off. Sue has been collecting these from needle artists all around the country, often through my mother, who regularly attends national and regional seminars.
In this piece she ties the little orts together to make a longer thread, and then weaves that on a simple, hand-made loom, and uses the remainder to create a brightly colored "ball of twine" which she perches on top.
Each collection of orts ball represents a person, or possibly even the remainders from a single project from a person.