Graduation Weaving (detail)

As time went on, I became fascinated with the idea of double-weaves and asked the questions: if there are two layers, do both layers have to be woven? Do those layers have to be covering the whole width of the piece? I set up the loom in such a way that there were stripes that would float on the bottom layer, that they were sometimes woven and sometimes floating. This gives the possibility of a more transparent look and combines colors in such a way that they seem to be changing with the amount of float and the width of the floats and the spacing. I wanted the colors that are shown here in their combination to resemble some of the color studies I had made before, that show the influence of colors on each other, as in a color study, but in the woven medium.

This was the ultimate piece which I made for my graduation. It is a project in which I used a double warp. One of the layers is woven all the time. Sometimes both layers are woven making pronounced horizontal and white and black stripes of various of proportions. At times the threads that float were twisted in a kind of leno pattern. Sometimes long floats, sometimes shorter ones, sometimes the white on black, sometimes the black on white, spacing these horizontal bands in various widths and alternating solid areas with the open spaces.

The cotton weaving was created in three pieces, one of which is in the collection of Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Photo by Mary Emma Harris. Permission of Lore Lindenfeld. All rights reserved.


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