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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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Snowed in and can’t get to my studio in Brixton, so decided to upload these versions of a working drawing. The tape is for a stencil which will represent the yarn on a frame. I need to work on the sequencing and structure of the yarn as it wraps around what will be two frames. I’m thinking about the making of the warp chain on a warping mill, in preparation for threading onto a handloom for weaving.

The chain is wound in a particular order and formed into a chain as it is brought off the mill. It looks a bit like a strudel. This video gives you an idea. I’m interested in creating a notation and schematic that describes the elaborate and choreographed motion of the hand and the yarn.

The woodgrain paper is from Paperchase. It’s for doll’s houses, and they’ve stocked it for years.  It’s printed on very thin cheap paper and I’m addicted to it.

The Handweavers Studio & Gallery

Just spent two intensive weekends doing the Handweavers studio ‘Introduction to Weaving’ short course in London, N7.

Films on Paper

Images of Peter Kubelka’s FILMS ON PAPER, 1958-1960, exhibited in the Drawing Room’s recent Graphology show (10 May – 30 June 2012)