December 17, 2013

A New Textile: "Swoops"

Swoops, hand dyed wool on linen; 2 pieces: 14 1/2 x 14, 5 x 4 1/2 in. ; 14 1/2 x 15 overall.

After making a couple of textiles with very simple designs, I had a yen to go for the complex. I had some sketches combining illusionistic parts with flat shapes and chose the one you see above on the left. As I looked at the sketch, I thought it'd be interesting to add another element, one that added an opposite movement to the curved green form, so I drew the small curve. I like the opposing energies. I should tell you that the yellow shape really should have been a straight line, but for some reason, after I'd hooked the wool, it had a curve. Luckily the curve was opposed to the curve of the green shape, so it works anyway (I think). 

Swoops detail

Here's a detail which makes the illusion of the piece clear: all is flat, with just hue/value and hooking direction, along with outline, to give a sense of form.

Swoops detail

And here's the separate reddish pink form, looking as though it is bulging outward.


  1. I really like the dynamics of this piece. I find that it presents dialogue which can be interpreted in a couple of ways. I think that the red element adds so much.

  2. The palette knocks me out. Fecund creativity and a great color sense.

  3. Thanks, Olga and Deborah, your positive comments are much appreciated.

  4. You've outdone yourself here Altoon, this piece really sings!

  5. the trippier you get, the better!