PAPER WEAVING EXPERIMENTS

This project was a lead-up to my BA project.

Setting up a loom is quite time-consuming, and so I wanted to experiment with color and different weaving constructions before settling on specific colors and a certain technique for an actual loom.

The colors that I've used are derived from Walton Ford's book Pancha Tantra. I found this book a unique and interesting starting point due to it's diverse and colorful palettes, together with the imagery and the quite masculine features that animals presents, here being: strength, maliciousness, unpredictability and a sense of humour.

With the paper experiments I tried different compositions both color- and weave-wise in order to see how far I could push it, while still being able to see the colors within a masculine setting.

A later discovery within my BA project was that it's really the individual perception and certain setting that decides weather something can be considered masculine or feminine!

Matching handpainted colors with digital ones

BEFORE I COULD START

Before being able to make the actual woven experiment I did physical watercolor swatches with remazol powder to match the colors of the Walton Ford images and then matched these afterwards with colors found on the computer.

A somewhat time consuming yet interesting work to understand how colors work within both additive and subtractive color methods.

Hand to understand size of the woven paper piece

Weaving with transparent acetate pieces

TOOLS AND TEXTURE

After printing out sheets of colored paper I used an office shredder to get thin and even strips of paper.
Weaving with textured paper to add a sense of roughness and a more tactile look and sensation.

Weaving with thin and thick strips of paper

 

MY COMPOSITIONS

Deflected honeycomb

The process - weaving on a small metal frame

Added yarns for small color shifts

All in on principles of randomness together with complementary colors and a simple plain weave.

Playing with plain weave fading in blue

Playing with plain weave fades and structure