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CASTLE / SHED / CHAIN

First test for a larger sculptural weave project, although at the moment there is no weave in it just one continuous piece of weft yarn.

The title is made up of three technical terms from handloom weaving: castle / shed / chain. The castle sits on top of the loom’s shafts and organises the warp thread, the shed is the space created between the upper and lower warp threads and a chain describes how the warp threads are organised in preparation for threading on to a loom. Castle / shed / chain also suggests a hierarchy and metaphor for the organisation, mechanisation and regulation of the early textile mills.

I’ve made a small test model that is sized to fit into my sketchbook. The landscape A4 card folds out to a 90º angle and in doing so pulls the yarn taut. The yarn is held in tension as long as sufficient pressure is applied. I’ve used corrugated card that is too thin and is easily pulled out of shape and I didn’t use a long enough piece of yarn and therefore you can see a knot in one of the photographs. Despite these problems I’m pleased with this first test and will make a second larger version. This project leads on from the preparatory sketch posted under ‘Drawing’ (January 20, 2013).

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