Handwoven cloth: Pickup with Twill
An exploration of religious meditation and personal symbolic referencing through folk-based storytelling. Considers the magical quality of objects in the act of creation and the power of faith in placing importance on objects.
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Handwoven cloth: Pickup with Twill
I never got around to posting a nice photograph of my unwrinkled weaving final, so here it is. Initially, I was not pleased with how this piece came out, but more and more, as I’ve looked at it without the projection, and run it through my hands, I have come to accept it and call it beautiful. There isn’t a thing I would change about it–if only I could find a way to have everyone on the internet touch it. If I’ve learned one thing through the process of creating this cloth, it’s just how important and powerful the sense of touch is to this craft.
I submitted this piece, along with two others, to the Fiberarts Magazine call for student entries. Below is the statement that accompanied my submission, and I think it does a good job of summing up the nature of my work and why I create in this way:
My work is an opportunity to tell stories through experimentation in variations of color and pattern to create imagery and impressions of memory. I see weaving as a way to evoke the essence of my stories in tactile narratives with a focus on cultural and personal folklore. For me, I see importance in the cultural and historical relevance of handmade cloth, with each piece acting as a public heirloom upon which personal memories may be projected.
To see more of the work in my portfolio, please visit my flickr account.
This is a small change purse I wove for my grandmother’s birthday. The really neat thing about it? There was no sewing involved. The entire purse was woven in doublecloth: for the main body of the piece, the cloth was woven with two seams, one on the right and one on the left, creating a pocket in the center. For the last inch, I switched up the treadling sequence to weave two separate planes of cloth, as seen in the top right photograph. This way, when the cloth is separated, one side can be tucked in and the other folded over as a loose closure, seen top left. What makes this piece cool for me is that it’s a fully functional piece made from one, solid and unbroken piece of cloth. Hand twisted ends, tencel and linen.
This video is my latest stop motion- a companion piece to the physical object of my Puppets and Prosthetics final project. The assignment was “The Secret Lives of Puppets,” and my goal was to have the cloth move while still on the loom as a sort of past life to the eventual fate of the cloth- a single, solid piece of fabric. In a way, the centipede has two lives, one on the cloth as movement and growth of production, and one off the loom, an object.
The centipede was woven using pick-up via doublecloth. Once he was woven, I untied sections of the warp off the back beam and cut the side fringe loose so that I was able to manipulate slight movement. Moving everything by myself and taking pictures made my options for movement limited (you can see my hand pulling the side fringe in the video), but I’m satisfied with the resut as an experiment in the limitations of cloth- the materiality, function, and performative options for cloth.
Last night was the final weaving crit for the semester, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. I guess I had been looking at the cloth for so long with frustration, that I just assumed everyone else would be as frustrated as I was, and that was not the case. It just reminded me of the importance of stepping back from your work, taking a break, and then coming back to it with new eyes. You can be surprised by what you see. Crit, for me, is becoming increasingly important as I’m working with these new ideas as it helps me to refocus and realize things about the piece that I was struggling to grasp, ideas which are discussed below.
Here is an image of the double cloth pickup piece by itself (a little wrinkly, ignore), and the cloth with the projection over top. The projection consists of eight images that cycle through in a continuous loop with variation of color, light, and impact of texture as overlay:
The purpose of this cloth stands as memory. Cloth, as an heirloom, is something that is passed down through families, and gathers memories through generations. Even a single cloth, posessed by a single person, collects a range of memories and has the ability to have memories, for lack of a better word, projected into its history. Through the projection, I am exploring the power of memory and dreams, the disctinction and blurring between the two, and how a single event can be remembered many different ways, even in one still moment.
At the end of my last project (the double cloth pick-up narrative) I had a lot of warp left over (that’s something to be said for calculating too much waste) and I really didn’t want to waste the beauty of the bamboo and tencel deliciousness. Seeing as I had the yarn and the time, I decided to weave the waste off with a seam on the side, so that while it was 16″ inches on the loom, when I took it off and unfolded it, I had an (approximate) square of 32″ x 32.” Good deal, right? While rather awkward as a whole piece of cloth, folded into a triangle it makes quite a nice scarf, if I do say so myself. I went ahead and twisted all of the ends, and even though the fringe is a different length all the way around, I think it gives the scarf character. Hooray for wearable art!
I haven’t been talking a lot about weaving lately, mostly because I’ve been sorta stuck. My latest weaving assignment is a doublecloth pick-up project which describes a specific date and place through the use of imagery and choice of color. Essentially, this project is perfect for me. It’s narrative by nature and has few limitations, which is precisely why I’m using this opportunity to experiment with video projection.
Lately I’ve been dissatisfied with just cloth, so I’ve been trying to figure out ways to make cloth a multimedia/ mixed media experience. While I hesitate to jump directly to technology to solve this issue, I think it’s a good place to start in these early stages of my search for the perfect, specific medium for my oddly specific way of thinking. (more…)