Friday, November 15, 2013
I explore the boundaries of what can be woven on a hand loom. Recently, I began to incorporate weaving and origami together to create a new woven form. This new form celebrates the structural kinship that weaving and origami share. My work is created on the loom where supplementary flaps are woven as I create the groundcloth. I use multiple shafts and a double back beam to help me maintain the tension properly. Once the fabric is taken off the loom, the flaps become the folded origami shapes that hover over the surface of the cloth. There is no cutting or sewing involved in creating the structure. I prefer to weave linen yarn which produces a nice, crisp fabric that maintains the folds nicely. Keeping the color palette simple allows the initial focus to be on the structure. I am drawn to complexity but strive for simplicity.
Monday, September 16, 2013
Brand new, not even off the loom yet. This is my latest weaving which now has a patterned groundcloth with plain weave origami flaps. I think I like the contrast between the pattern and the plain weave.
I have had a few requests to show how these pieces are woven. The flaps are woven as I weave the groundcloth and then they are incorporated into the cloth. The flaps are what gets folded into the origami shapes that sit on the surface to the cloth.
Crane Wife #2. Approximately 14" X 21" X 1/2"
This piece is not only the blending of origami and weaving together but I used white and natural weft yarns to color the raised origami sections. It is an amalgam of art forms and subtle colors.
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
This piece highlights the contrast between the black and natural linen. I like how the diamond shapes seem to hover over the surface of the cloth.
Structure is the potential that ordinary materials have to develop into something new. A cone of yarn or a flat piece of paper need structure to become cloth or a paper crane. Without structure, the materials are undeveloped, immature, and not fully realized. Separately, weaving and origami become possible when structural processes are imposed onto their raw materials. Together, weaving and origami are merged together to create a new art form. This new form celebrates their formative kinship.