Saturday, 9 February 2013

Short Vid of Weaving "Moon Over Bourbon Street"

Painted Warp "Moon Over Bourbon Street"

This is my interpretation of the song "Moon Over Bourbon Street" (Sting).

The New Orleans skyline  refelected in water with full moon.

This is photographed on the loom.  The first is after stage 2 of painting with the extended front beam still in place; the others are in various stages of weaving. Because the acrylics used are metallics, the colours are reflecting in the flash.

Cotton at 10epi. Painted on the loom in 3 layers: Acrylic wash to give the bright base layers; airbrushed acrylic highlights in red and yellow; hand painted acrylic pastes for the street detail. The moon and bat were painted using a stencil.
I am getting more experience now of just how the painted warp will appear in the finished work using diferent base patterns...this has turned out just how I wanted it.

 I made a stencil for the bat. To accent the bat, I added acrylic to the cloth on the wing after the weft jad been woven in - this is the only part of the work where the cloth has been painted after finishing - everything else is a combination of the paint on the warp and the interaction of the weft pattern.

The tie up was a two block, distorted weave, which also weaves as tabby. Weft was a terracota C4 linen by Texere and the pattern weft is...God Knows! Just liked it and picked it up in a bric-a-brac store.

Here it is finished and off the loom. Now it will be mounted on a canvas frame which I am painting.

First of three Finished Warp Painted Works

This is the first finished piece I did with the warp painting after months of practicing. It's a cotolin warp, 18epi  warped onto the octado with an extended front beam. Handpainted in acrylics then woven using a modified form of overshot*
Woven as a wallhanging for the redecoration of the master bedroom in the gite

* Overshot's half-tones mask the warp painted patterns. Threading as crackle and modifying the tie up leaves the overshot unchanged but a more warp-dominated base layer. tabby was woven with a 30/2 linen in gold. Pattern thread was a space dyed wool/ cotton.