January 22, 2015

A New Textile: "Shield"

Shield, hand dyed wool on linen, 19 1/2 x 14 in. 

While doing some thumbnail sketches, finding ideas for new textiles, I kept coming up with separate panels, two or 4 part pieces, either related or attached. Then, with the diptych idea above, came the notion of pulling the two panels together by adding a shape behind, something like the curved form of a shield. I liked the way it added a new element to my way of composing. The color is  red/yellow/blue, but not pure hues. 

Shield detail

When I wrote above of the "shape behind", it is only illusionistically behind, since all the hooking is on the same plane, on a flat surface. The two squares seem to be floating on top of the dark red background shape: by having their edges overlap the dark red, by hooking the wool in different directions on the shield and inside the squares, an illusion of depth is created. Fun!


  1. How did you get your color inspiration for this piece? I've been following your work for a while now; would love to know if you'll be having an upcoming show.

    1. I don't know, ak, except that I started with an idea of red/yellow/blue, but not as pure colors.
      I'll be having a show of my textiles in Wellesley MA in June, at David Hall Fine Arts.