Friday, July 23, 2010

Recent portrait work

Close up showing detail

The photo on the right is a close-up image of a portrait being woven on the loom. This close encounter with the weaving as you progress is quite intense and engrossing. When sitting up close to the work as you weave, your sense of perspective is constantly being altered and challenged. It is only when you take a step back from the loom that you appreciate the image as a whole. 

Because of this altered perspective, it is important to have a smaller image of the portrait design handy to remind you of the bigger picture you are creating.

Detail of work in progress.

Close-up of work on the loom. Note the built up areas of weaving already done where the hair and jersey portions of the portrait have been started. In this photo you can clearly see the warp threads that are yet to be woven onto.  The cartoon can be seen behind the work, which is used as a guide in the weaving process. 

Stepping back from the work on the loom, allows you to see the woven built-up area as a whole. A small photo is pinned to the loom above the working area and used as a constant point of reference to ensure the work in progress is as true to the original design as possible. In this photo you can also see the cartoon guide pinned up behind the un-filled warp threads. With my portraits these cartoons are simply an enlarged copy of the original photograph.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Selection Process

Black & white photo.
The selection process for portrait design is reasonably straight forward. The original photos are sorted through to determine which one has captured that special quality that best describes the essence of the sitter.

The photo is then adjusted to give the aesthetic that the client would want to live with within the context of other interior design requirements. No matter how good the image or how well mastered the weaving is, if it fails to represent the interior space it will  be hung in, then the whole exercise will have been futile from a design perspective.

The size of the weaving is usually associated with cost, however it is best to predermine what the client is prepared to pay before the photo is adjusted. At that stage the image can be striped back further to simplify the image and thus require less weaving time. Other cost reduction considerations could be the cropping of the image. One should never under-estimate how much of the person is held in the image of say just the eyes or a partial profile.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Update for TSE "Within the Square" Tapestry weavings by members of The N.Z. Tapestry Network

The Travelling Suitcase Exhibition is now travelling the country and having visited Christchurh and Dunedin, is off to Gore from 10th July to 8th August. Other dates and provinces are as listed below....
Titirangi: 9 Sept to 3 Oct
Tauranga: 12-26 Oct
Keri Keri: 7-21 Nov
Whangarei: 28 Nov to 31 Dec
Eltham 7 Jan to 4 Feb 2011

Tapestry shows "Summit Inertia" 20x20cm
Woven at 10epi with cottons, wool and rayons.

If you are travelling to Auckland to see the exhibition and would like to spend a day in the studio with me or if you just want to drop in for a visit, you can call the studio on 09 235 2699, Tuesday to Friday between 9am-4pm. For details on how to join the Tapestry Network simply send me an e.mail. The address is...  and I will let you know the details.

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Tapestry Weavings By Stephenie Collin


I hope you find Warped Art & Design both interesting and inspiring, and that it will encourage anyone working with fibre to investigate and experiment further within their chosen field.

The basic loom, which is my tool of trade, has remained technologically unchanged. This aspect appeals to me as I weave contemporary images on a machine of such simple and ancient construction.

And if the loom be silenced,
then needles, threads and fingers
have plenty more to say.

About Me

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Waiuku, Auckland, New Zealand
I am an artist, weaver, gardener, mother and grandmother, home food gatherer, political sceptic, modest future eater, and much much more.