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My Neighbor, W. John Jameson, III, The Weaver

W. John Jameson, III, lives in my building and weaves textiles in his apartment. During the winter he opens his home studio to friends and other tenants for a holiday sale. A few years ago my mother began a yearly tradition of letting me pick out a scarf for Hanukah. When John is working, the loom takes up a good portion of his living room. As during his holiday sale, you might know he’s entertaining guests if you come across the loom tucked away in the basement on your way to do laundry.

W. John Jameson, III in livingroom.

I asked him some questions.

1. How long have you lived in your apartment on The Upper East Side?
WJJ: I moved in February 1993.

2. Why did you choose weaving over other arts or even other textile arts? In other words, what specifically about weaving drew you to that art?
WJJ: I took a weaving class in boarding school and the artform appealed to my sense of color, order, and texture. I did try painting, drawing, and ceramics, but did not enjoy them.

3. Are there any institutions, galleries, schools, supply stores related to weaving on the Upper East Side or do you have to leave the neighborhood for any kind of event, errand, etc. related to your art?
WJJ: I buy some of my yarn from a store called STRING (www.stringyarns.com) on Madison Aveneue between 78/79. The rest of my yarn comes from Italy primarily.

4. Can you talk about that playhouse you are involved with?
WJJ: I do some volunteer work for the HOURGLASS group (www.hourglass.org) usually box office stuff. They produce little known works, past and present. They don’t have a playhouse. Unfortunately, there is no textile connection here. I donate scarves for their fund raisers.

5. Many people would wonder, are you able to support yourself through weaving alone? Especially on The Upper East Side? If not, do you have a second job or other means of affording The U.E.S. life?
WJJ: It is not easy, but I do make a small living from this venture.

6. What does being a weaver entail besides the actual weaving process? i.e. – showing in crafts fairs etc.
WJJ: I do trade shows such as the New York Gift, the Holiday Show at the Church of the Heavenly Rest on Fifth Avenue, as well as retail shows across the nation.


Here is a closeup of a giant scarf or wrap from my own W. John Jameson, III, collection. John also weaves wall pieces. Similar to abstract painting, you can just stare and get lost in the intricacy of colors and textures. I buy scarves because I like to wear them around town. At his sale, I always find many pieces that appeal to, even delight my aesthetic sense, but sometimes I also see, for example, a blanket that is too outrageous for me; with a very curly thread or an animal print border or a strange shade of green. I think, how could the same person design the scarves I find so wearable, and with color combinations so subtly fantastic, and then this other piece that seems a bit tacky to me. But on closer inspection I appreciate these too, because they also express the apparent joy John finds in exploring all of the possible combinations of color, texture, and patterns.

Mass Suicide on the Upper East

So, late last summer, the UES was papered with these tracts by our dear Pastor of New Jerusalem, Tony Alamo. The theses point to the coming apocalyse resulting from the church and government being co-opted by Satan (he does have a point). UFO sighting are also a message of the impending apocalypse. He first found his church after seeking to become a musician in Hollywood. However his entertaining skills have served him well in spreading his message, especially in his televised broadcasts through the seventies and eighties. They gathered a support base after passing out their fliers to the lost of Los Angeles and grew to one of the larger congregations. Unfortunately, life as a beacon of the light of truth has been a rough, but rewarding road for Alamo. Among being imprisoned for tax evasion, child abuse, losing custody over his children and the public fight over his wife’s body. He prefered to have his dead wife in a mausolem in his house awaiting her resurrection a la Lazarus. In the end, it was forced to be buried in Arkansas. Whatever hard times he went through, it seems that he still retains a loyal base as they choose to distribute his texts in the areas that frequently need spiritual guidance the most.

Information on Tony Alamo’s Christian Ministry can be found at www.alamoministries.com

by C. Kidd

2001 Jewel Album Still Heavily Promoted on The Upper East Side



During the 1990′s HMV was the major local record store, located on 86th and Lex. Like most giant record stores, new releases were promoted in the windows. Several years ago HMV closed and eventually Best Buy opened. Amidst the shuffling of businesses in 1278-1280 Lexington Avenue which now houses the equivalent of a very convenient strip mall (Duane Reade, Best Buy, Staples, Barnes and Noble, Starbucks) one window of prime advertising space seems to have gone forgotten.

Jewel’s “This Way” was released in 2001 so we can assume that’s when the banner first went up. The banner faces the new Jamba Juice and overlooks the most heavily trafficked intersection of The Upper East Side. Imagine what that advertising would cost over 6 years? Maybe the different stores couldn’t agree who would get that window so they left it as was, or perhaps access to the window was accidentally sealed…

Although I would love to put something else in that window, I mean, if no one else is going to use it, I can honestly say that seeing that banner for 6 years did not get me to buy the album.

Part 3/3 Jeffrey Lewis (weja5@yahoo.com) Comic Strip about The History of The Guggenheim

Click on each of the three images below to enlarge to a legible size. Parts 1 (Money) and 2 (Art) are in the archive.
Also, Jeff is performing tomorrow (Thursday, September 13, 2007) at Sidewalk Cafe at 10pm.



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