This was the first time Complex Weavers have held a juried exhibition as part of their Seminar program..All the pieces were exhibited in Hellada Gallery in Long Beach during Convergence, and again in Rockville, Washington DC during Complex Weavers Seminars
This is an exhibition of textiles designed and woven by Marie Clews and myself. It seems far too soon after my holiday for an exhibition but here it is. Hornsby Library Art Space is a community art space that doubles as a meeting room..The Library is at 44 George St and only a very short walk from Hornsby station..
We are having weaving demonstrations on Thursdays- 18th & 25th October from 1-3pm The exhibition dates are October 13-28.
It was great to see my double weave hangings exhibited as a group and I have included 2 wraps, a few scarves and 2 turned taquete hangings.
The next one is to be finished by Monday!!! Again in turned taquete on the same black and natural warp, using a gold-brown weft. The second experience was quicker to weave, mistakes were more recognizable and therefore easier to undo and reweave. I am enjoying using the Megadoo for a wider piece.
I used a free hand line design for the lifting plan, and tried to make the design vary for the entire length of the hanging. I networked this design so that the image edges are rough and jagged- and spear like, to link to the tribal feeling. I wove 2145 picks of a 2400 design, deciding that almost 2 metres was long enough. Part of the design and a close up are below.
The exhibition theme at Craftnsw, the gallery of the Society of Arts and Crafts of NSW in the Rocks, Sydney, was “Pattern”. This was the stimulus for weaving hangings, with large patterns. Turned taquete produces large patterns. I designed an extended parallel threading which was one design in the threading without a repeat, and a long weaving repeat. The lifting pattern starts to repeat approx. 1/3rd from the bottom.
The hanging is in hand-dyed 20/2’s silk, set at 36epi, and woven at 30ppi with the same silk. Normally a finer grist weft is used for turned taquete, but I wanted the cloth to have sufficient body to hang well. It was 81.5cm in the reed and reduced to 71cm after finishing, 150cm long.
There were quite a few knots in the yarn and at the finish of weaving, there was a lot of hardware hanging off the back beam. These are small garden plant/basket hanging hooks which are a good weight for tensioning a single warp end.
In the pic of the hanging on the loom, you can see that with the thicker weft, the structure shows that it has been derived from Summer and Winter, but the floats are warp floats. A repaired thread is shown at the base of the pic with the thread wrapped around a pin.