|The Nude in the 21st Century|
Statement I work in hand-woven "haute-lisse/high-warp" tapestry. The warp is held under tension on a frame or a tapestry loom, the discontinuous weft is made of mixtures of fibers - cotton, wool, silk, polyester, metallic threads - and it's a very slow process - around 2 square inches an hour, depending on the 'set' : the size and spacing of the warp and weft.
An image for a weaving usually starts as an idea which inhabits my subconscious for days or weeks, then it sees the light of day in a small, intimate study, using collage, paint, crayon and anything else that comes to hand, to create the image and to show the structure. I then do the colour separations, again, by hand. After this I make a full-sized cartoon which guides me during the weaving process, using the original study for the colour nuances.
This weaving, "The Shower," captures a moment of unawareness of self, the light playing with the water reflecting on the planes and forms of the human body.