Constance Rose recently posted a picture of one of her water color paintings. Go here to see it. In that post she explains that this is the kind of things she wants to use with her woven textiles. She explains:
" I am aiming to do similar work, soon, on fabric I have woven. I'm hoping to raise the bar on art cloth by weaving my own textiles to paint, dye, print on, bead and sew on, distress, whatever."
I have had similar thoughts on many past occasions. The problem for me, I decided, is that I cannot figure out how to integrate the woven cloth into the painting, printing, distressing or whatever. It is not that I regard my weaving as somehow too "precious." It is that I cannot answer the question as to why use a handwoven fabric to apply these processes to. What does the handwoven fabric add to the final piece that could not be accomplished with purchased fabric?
Woven shibori* is a technique which does integrate the weaving with the dyeing and the painting. But, limited as my imagination is, I cannot imagine any other way of integrating the usual surface technique processes with the weaving process. What quality does a handwoven fabric possess that both enhances and is itself enhanced by any given surface design technique? And what weaving structure would I use and why?
DIGITAL PRINTING AND WEAVING
The kind of weave structure that was used to create interesting effects with printing was a weave structure which went back and forth between warp-face and weft-face. Though what she saw in the exhibit was apparently digital printing, there is no reason non-digital printing and screen-printing techniques could not work just as well.
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