From 1996 - 2017 I used the shibori technique to dye patterns on white fabric that was then stripped into half inch widths and threaded onto a four harness floor loom. The weft was also hand dyed half inch strips of fabric. The creative work was done before the warp and weft were woven together. Very little could be changed once the loom was set up. Over time, this process became too restrictive. My ideas were developing much faster and were increasingly more complicated than I could weave them.
Painted and interlaced compositions
My New Year’s resolution for 2018 and for the foreseeable future is “No straight lines and no right angles.” I started to exploit the possibilities of paper weavings I once made as studies for larger works. I now apply acrylic paint to paper or Tyvek using not only different sizes and shapes of brushes but also combs. scrapers, sponges, palette knives and anything else that grabs my attention. The carefully designed pattern areas in the loom weavings have burst into energetic and varied compositions I then cut into curves of varying dimensions and proportions. Drawing from my love of the serendipity of fabric combinations in old quilts, I choose and interlace those elements according to intuition, inspiration and whim.
In addition, the sketches I made using a computer graphics application to quickly work through weaving ideas now have a life of their own. I can create a composition on the computer and can have the file printed on acrylic panels or on wall vinyl or Phototex as wall murals. Working this way continues to help me expand my color resources and encourages experimentation.