April 4, 2011

A New Textile: "A Part"

A Part, hand dyed wool on linen; 2 pieces, 9 x 9 and 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches.

It seemed an intriguing idea to me to take a quarter of a square and fling it off into space where it can dance on the wall apart from its implied origin. As for color, I wanted the large shape to change from blue to violet, and the small square to be a slightly lighter blue to accentuate its floating-off quality. I achieved this by dipping one end of long piece of wool fabric in a pot with blue pigment, and gradually adding more violet while dipping more of the cloth into the pot. Although the transition is not smooth, I hope the jumps and variations in color add texture and life.

In the detail, you can see some of the many hue changes. And below, I hung the work on the yellow wall in the kitchen, and above it the painting Double Curve, which is 6 1/2 x 5 inches. I like the conversation between these works: the curves talking to the straight lines, the reds to the blues and violets, and both speaking of simple shapes.


  1. nice action piece! looks like a magnetic attraction, the smaller piece being drawn right into its slot.

  2. That's great you see it that way, rappel; just what I'd hoped.

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