England, Lark & Bower, Eckhart
Product name: ECKHART (A4)
Type of product: Off-loom handwoven artwork
Description (story of the item):
Study of a gradient grid in black and white Japanese paper yarn. This piece was woven off loom, using a 2/2 twill structure, by hand with needle and thread.
Weaving a gradient from one colour to another is an interesting way to study colour and structure, not so different from mixing paint in some ways. The gradation of stripes in the warp and in the weft combined with the twill structure creates areas of pattern variation, showing the endless possibilities achievable with yarn combinations, colour and structure.
The paper yarn was left over from an old project and is a joy to weave with. It doesn't break or slip around, and is rigid and malleable to work with.
All of the yarns I use are either industry waste, leftovers, or plant based sustainable fibres. Some of the mill waste yarn I use comes from a supplier in Manchester, who takes job-lots of dead stock or surplus yarn from mills that are either shutting down, discontinuing yarns or would otherwise be throwing into landfill.
I also approach local mills in Suffolk, and take some of their end cones of yarn. Once yarn gets down to a certain level on the cone, it no longer works in warping machinery, and often ends up in the bin. The small amounts left on the cone are plenty for a small time weaver like me!
Besides raising awareness about waste in the textile industry, my intention is to take the focus away from garment, product or function, and instead appreciate woven structure as an art form in its own right.
As an ancient craft, weaving is deeply connected to what it is to be a human. Like music, weaving developed in many parts of the world simultaneously, long before civilisations had communication with one another - an idea often forgotten in our new digital and industrial world.
This piece was made in the summer of 2020 in Stratton Strawless, Norfolk, in-between dog walks and collecting acorns and oak galls for my natural dye vats.
‘Eckhart’ is named after a character in 90's David Lynch cult drama Twin Peaks. I love the atmosphere of the series, and the way the name Eckhart rolls off the tongue in Catherine Martells accent.
This piece took approximately 5 days to make.
PLEASE NOTE - This piece does not come framed. These pieces are sold without frames, to leave the choice of framing to their new owners.
Materials: Japanese Paper yarn (repurposed). Birch Plywood, FSC Certified Measurements / size: Height 30cm x Width 21.5cm x Depth 6mm