Golden Cocoons - 10 1/2" x 8 1/2" x 3"
Form & Function
We are probably most familiar with the wall hanging forms of tapestry, whether they are mural or miniature, that have continued into the present time. In fact most historical representations of tapestry other than European have had another form and a function.
For example in pre Columbian times in the Americas the tunic, loin cloth, mantle, coco leaf bag and sometimes gloves, jewelry, turbans, boots, quivers, papoose board straps and pillow covers and not wall hangings were the predominate mode.
In Early Asian culture we find the kimono, obi, boots, desk and book cover, scrolls, bags for all sorts of items as well as ritual and ceremonial items that might be used on a wall. Actually much can similarly be said for many early cultures where form followed function.
And so these works represent an exploration of form using multi selvedge weavings with reference to historical use.
“Caught in the Web” is a tiny 4” x 4” three dimensional apple computer that can open and close. It is a singular loom shaped form that is then folded and secured (think of cardboard boxes). It uses multi-selvedge construction and supplemental silk warps and wefts that are then used to weave the web into which the tiny crochet people are caught. Historically many early cultures wove loom shaped garments and accessories. This is simply a take off on one of today’s most loved and hated accessories.
For more information on multi-selvedge weaving see the educational pages on www.brennan-maffei.com.