Friday, November 15, 2013

Artist Statement Nov. 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.

Crane Wife #8


Crane Wife #8 Approx. 14" X 21" X 1/2"
This piece showcases the use of natural grey and white linen in a unique origami layout. 

Crane Wife #1




Crane Wife #1.  Approximately 14" X 21" X 1/2"
This piece showcases the structure in all natural grey linen. 

Crane Wife #10



Crane Wife #10. Approximately 14" X 21" X 1/2"
This piece has a patterned groundcloth with diamond shaped origami pieces.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Newest work: patterned ground cloth with plain weave origami

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.



Behind the scenes!

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 #3





Crane Wife #3. Approximately 14" X 21" X 1/2"
This piece was woven in all white linen and personally I love how delicate the color is and how it casts such strong and contrasting shadows. 

Crane Wife #2





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

Crane Wife #7






Crane Wife #7. Approximately 14" X 21" X 1/2"
The contrast between the dark and light is an important part of this piece.

Crane Wife #5




Crane Wife #5. Approximately 14" X 21" X 1/2"
There are several elements that are balanced against each other... light/dark and origami/weaving.

Crane Wife #4




Crane Wife #4. Approximately 14" X 21" X 1/2"
White and natural grey linen.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Crane Wife #6



Crane Wife #6. Approximately 14" X 21" X 1/2"
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. 


Artist Statement-Structure-2013
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.

Crane Wife #9





Crane Wife #9. Approximately 14" X 21" X 1/2"
This recent work is a new art form that combines origami and weaving together. 
 



Sunday, June 2, 2013

Velvet





Handwoven silk velvet for the Certificate of Excellence.  I set the loom up to weave a twill velvet so when it is cut, you can see diagonal lines within the pile.  This was a fun structure to weave but it is time consuming.  It is also challenging to get the rods in and pack the weft tight.  I have been in velvet mills before and it is really something to see velvet being woven on industrial looms.  I have a greater understanding and respect for velvet having woven my sample.

Twill Variations




Twill Block Weave




Transparency




Tapestry Sample - Hatching-Dots-Stripes




Tapestry Sample - Geometric



Tapestry Sample - Curves