They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing but it can be a wonderful technique in itself. A certain combination of naive curiousity and dogged determination has certainly paid off for me in the past.
It was only a half dozen years ago I fancied across the digital jacquard weaving process. I wasn’t then looking to make textiles: I was exploring diifferent ways of reproducing my photos.
But that changed quite rapidly as I saw a potential to create something new.… Technology has a habit of inflicting “newness” upon me.
Soon I was searching through my archive for images that potentially could develop into a repeat pattern.The result of this was The Accidental Expressionist: patterns derived from pictures of the paint splattered sheets of cardboard that covered my studio floor.
It's sounds quite simple but there was a lot of "to and fro" and learning to be done. Images were cut and pasted, reformed and recolored, then translated into a fine art jacquard tapestry weave.
Making up the names for each textile is a job in itself- kind of torturous and fun at the same time— certainly the thesaurus comes in very handy. Splat, Drippy, Blotch, Whitewash, Dropcloth. Right now I'm working on a new collection: working title "Rose Tinted Glasses".
In the last 3 years we’ve translated these designs into various collaborative forms. Rugs for Perennials, ceramics for 1882 Ltd, blankets for Saved NY and the dropcloth inspired Midnight Moondust wallpaper with Fabscarte.
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