AT UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS SIEDMAN CANCER CENTER
CREATING Three Doves / THE PROCESS
Sketching and Meetings
Three Doves started as a discussion about creating a set of artworks that would be peaceful and contain rhythm, pattern and landscape. Some sketches, water colors and collage work led to the blue mountain range and the suggestion of introducing doves into the composition. It turned out to be a perfect match for the desired color scheme and mood. A combination of French Alps, Blue Mountains of Tennessee and the Gold Gate of the Pacific North West were used as inspiration for the mountains and mist. The doves were sketched from photos taken at a dove release ceremony for a veterans memorial.
An AVL 16 harness loom is threaded with white linen on which the landscapes will be painted and then woven. The loom is equipped with a Dobby peg system. The pattern determines the weave pattern as they control the the up and down motion of the 16 harnesses in a pattern designed specifically for this project.
Two layers are created by separating out from the warp onto two separate lead sticks. The warp is pulled out onto a work table, so now it is both threaded on the loom and laying out on a table. The yellow yarn shows how the warp is lightly woven to keep the yarns in place during painting.
preparing for second layer
Two paintings are completed and the yellow threads are removed to allow the warp to be rolled back onto the loom.
Two painting are woven together, imbedding square patterns into the final image.
lining up sketch and working piece
The smaller weaving has just been cut off the loom and is ready to be blocked and stretched. A template is being worked on to ensure alignment and continuity across the two compositions.
Repeating Process for next piece
Painting of the large piece begins. Weaving the two layers together, continuing to create the block pattern across the composition.
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