"Woven Print", a combination of two fascinations and a wordplay in Dutch.
In Dutch, the work is called "Weefdruk", which is a fusion of "weven" = weaving and "zeefdruk" = screenprint.
"Depict Fascinations" was the theme of the National Weaving Day and the associated exhibition and contest in november 2013, organised by the Dutch Weaving Association "Weefnetwerk".
I made "Woven Print" especially for this contest.
In April 2011 I took pictures of a lot of buildings during a holiday in New York and for me the Verizon Building stood out.
Why? Because the Art Deco façade with the stepped gable has a strong visual depth effect strengthened by the details applied with light paint.
I am fascinated by the screenprints of Andy Warhol
because of his characteristic contrast-rich use of colour, with not only bright colours, but also pastels and greys. Because each seperate set of colours gives the composition a different look and feel.
And because of the shifting effect; he does not stay "within the lines" with his colours.
During the same holiday in New York, I painted these impressions with the idea of weaving the one on the right later.
To work approximately with the same contrast as Andy, but with yarn from my own stock, I started wrapping with Rauma Prydvevgarn, 2-thread wool.
From the 42 wraps I made I selected six for weaving.
The colours are not all that bright, but with enough light-dark contrast. And there are six sets of three colours instead of four colour sets.
In each set there is a colour which only occurs once per wrap. That colour will be used for a small accent, a contrast just as in the Verizon Building.
Now I used this six sets of colours to elaborate the design further. Again by painting.
Only now I arrived at the choice for possible weaving techniques; shadow weave, deflected double weave, twill or Summer & Winter weave.
And how many details of the painted designs can be realised?
The end result, "Woven Print", a handwoven screenprint. Woven in wool, double weave in 1/2 versus 2/1 twill. The six variations in the design are almost identical, but executed in different colour sets.
And although everything I had in mind is in it and I am quit fond of the details, I don't like the overall end result!
I think it is because of the white frames around the outline and between the six parts.
And the dimensions, 57 cm x 120 cm (height x width); skyscrapers are high and this artpiece is wider than high.
I do believe in the design and I think it can be executed better than I have done now ...
I have exhibited "Woven Print" at the 2013 National Weaving Day and also participated in the competition but there were much better entries!