Sunday, May 1, 2011

Mini collages for mini tapestries...

Shape sample

I have been reworking some collages into the dimensions of 20 cm by 20 cm to weave a series of small tapestries.  It has been refreshing to go back and crop loads of collages into this square format as it gives them a whole new feel and vibe.  Some of the collages that originally I didn't think worked, now appear new and have a fresh vigour.

20 x 20 collage...

Some of the collages are from the Envelope Series that I have been working on, others are much older.  I guess I never really throw an image away.

Playing with collages for next tapestry

My main aim when weaving this images up is to work quickly and not to fuss over the details.  I want to approach the weaving almost like the collages, intuitively and spontaneously.  I will be working on an 18 gauge warp, so they aren't too delicate and the level of detail will be blurred in some parts.

Letter e

The series of collages are for a show in Lithuania and I'm playing with the ideas of shadows and silhouettes as an idea of light and darkness, life and death, then and now.  I will talk more about this in another post!


All of the tapestries are intended to be made in one session.  I wove the first one this weekend and managed to complete it in three hours!  It is such a change from the normal long term, large weaving that I normally do!

Small tapestry

And here is the completed first tapestry in the series!!  I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.  I do need to think about how they will be displayed, will they be framed, or sewn onto little covered boards to give them some body and flatten them out a bit.  So one down, approximately four more to go!

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