Sunday, May 1, 2011
Mini collages for mini tapestries...
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!