January 3, 2016

A New Textile: "Bound Circle"

Bound Circle, 2015, hand dyed wool on linen, 12 inch diameter

A circle is not a sphere, but this circle tries to be one. I am playing with flatness and illusion in this piece, using the direction of the hooked lines, and the dyed color of the red band, to emphasize each. I thought of the curving green lines as something like a cup, which the straight dark blue lines entered; in those two color-forms is a sense of shallow space. Then the curving red shape, in its movement from dark to light, becomes an illusion of a rounded form, entering the dark.

Bound Circle detail

Even in this detail, in which all the hooking is on a flat plane, the illusion insists on its reality. It is the magic of two dimensions becoming three.


  1. Nicely done. As usual, I'm drawn to the texture and direction of the hooking as well as the color and form.

    1. Another nice example.
      Art: telling the truth through li[n]es.

    2. Thanks, JBS, nice play of words.

  2. Love this. It's as if I'm waiting for the "ball" to roll so I can see the rest of it.