My son-in-law gifted me with some samples of Ise Momen woven cloth and shibori dyed cloth from his visit in Japan. An invitation to exhibit 12" x 12" works, prompted me to incorporate these wonderful Japanese cloths with my woven textiles in homage of a favorite Japanese artist Sadao Watanabe. I then added another of my favorite artists, Georges Rouault.
From the Same Cloth
I was introduced to the double weave process at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee in the summer of 2016 under the instruction of Erika Hanson. This is a versatile technique that allows me to interweave two separate (positve/negative, mirror images) cloths at the same time. These two layers can also be joined only on one or both edges with the possibility of opening for twice the width or for weaving a tube. I am still a beginner with this. I am interested in exploring double weave and whole cloth processes that may suggest some of the glorious paradoxes of the Christian faith.
I also enjoy creating visual imagery for interesting or amazing factoids about our natural world, often becoming visual puns.
A Cord of Three Strands
My quilted weavings are my responses to the lingual into a visual imagery. These are taken from Ecclesiates 4:12. "Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."