July 28, 2015

A New Textile: "One Two Three"

One Two Three, hand dyed wool on linen; 3 panels, each 8 x 8 in. 

This piece has a very simple premise: work with the shapes created by one, two, and three lines on a square. Instead of using different colors to delineate the shapes, I cut the tops of the loops of wool to create an effect of low relief.

One Two Three detail

The adjoining shapes are hooked in different directions; the loops in this piece are vertical, the cut shapes are hooked horizontally. I used this pattern to create some unity in the three parts.

Panel 1

For the color, I used the same dye, in three different values.

Panel 2

An interesting quality of these acid dyes is that the hue often looks different with the value shift. One two three also describes the increasing density of color.

Panel 3

Each panel is weighted with a shape of high loops on the left, in order to create a balanced rhythm. This triptych is a simple idea that had some layered thought involved in its making.