Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Tiny Tapestries...

Well these are tiny for me!  They are about 20cm square and have been great fun to weave as they are so quick!  I did talk about my approach for these works here in this post but I thought that I would give you an update on how they are all looking! I should point out that they haven't been 'finished' as yet, they still need to have the warp plaited back and everything needs to be made, ready to hang.

Latest weaving
A sample of the tapestries and my studio.

I was on a size restriction with these works, they could be no bigger than 20cm by 20 cm.  In terms of a 'theme' I was investigating the use of shadow and silhouettes and how this plays out within the woven surface.  A shadow can look very flat when woven, how does the viewer translate this?

Small tapestry
'Onto the Shadow', woven tapestry:  wool, cotton and linen, 2011.


These works are also a little crudely woven.  Each of them were woven in one sitting each, which I believe was a must to keep the spontaneity of each piece.  The original images were crops taken from old collages that I had made.  Because of their age, I was able to work on these images without the initial attachment.  There was also many decisions being made on the loom, with new colours introduced, elements removed and in the 'Onto the Shadow' work, deciding to make it into a shaped tapestry.


Tapestry
'Stuck in the Silhouette', woven tapestry:  wool, cotton and linen, 2011.

The idea of shadow and silhouette is a play on ideas of vanishing and emerging.  What is hidden and what will come out of the shadow.  What is shadow and what is part of the figure?  Distortion is created through shadow, hiding parts to create a new identity.

Tapestry
'Vanish into Blue Shadow', woven tapestry:  wool, cotton and linen, 2011.

Working on such a small scale has been both refreshing and daunting!  The ability to work quickly and make intuitive decisions has been a delight!  However, working on a small scale, also makes it difficult to see how the final piece is looking and if everything is getting woven in it's right place.  With small works, I can weave in a way that isn't too precious and I think that the outcomes have been great.  I'm looking forward to pumping out some more small works when I need a break away from the large monster of a tapestry on the loom!

These small works are proposed for an exhibition, stay tuned for more information on this.

3 comments:

emma said...

hese are amazing, mardi . . . do you weave & knit post or pre martinis ? ;->

nice to finally check out your blog . . . a lovely chap we know dropped off your card to me last week

look forward to seeing more of your work . . . em x

emma said...

these are amazing, mardi . . . do you weave & knit post or pre martinis ? ;->

nice to finally check out your blog . . . a lovely chap we know dropped off your card to me last week

look forward to seeing more of your work . . . em x

miss mardi nowak said...

Hi Emma, I have been known to weave and knit during martinis! It's not that unusual of a sight!

Thanks for the lovely comments, I must go and check out your blog now.

Will let you know when the tapestries are getting an airing in Melbourne.

Thanks for reading!

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