Red Bars, hand dyed wool on linen, 12 x 10 in.
Like the last piece I completed, I was thinking of Russian Suprematism and Constructivism when I was working on the studies for this textile, such as this el Lissitzky graphic:
el Lissitzky, Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge, 1920; poster. Image courtesy of Wikiart.org
My textile, however, carries no political or social meaning, but is about the formal aspects of an artwork: shape, color, texture, balance and tension. In my sketches I'd tried white bars with a red and black background, but I thought that black and white with red was more effective. I divided the rectangle in half diagonally. Rather than have a smoother line for the meeting of the black and white diagonals, similar to the outlines of the red bars, I chose to have a zigzag of black and white down the center.
Red Bars detail
I like the energy that the black and white steps of wool loops brings to the piece; a bit of complexity within the simple shapes of the design.