Deconstruction, natural dyes on regeneratively farmed British wool, 70 cm x 34 cm (without fringes)
The name refers to the main technique used to create this piece. This is a highly textural, asymmetric and explorative weave which I particularly loved creating. This special technique consists in removing the reed and manipulating the warp so it moves from side to side, creating gaps and a special effect. It felt like I was deconstructing the loom and I loved the idea that through deconstruction new creativity and inspiration can emerge.
This panel is transparent, textural with floating threads, letting light through. The edges are uneven and fluid. It is a piece of fibre art and not woven cloth.
A light, textural weave and all colour from nature.
The lovely farm that supplies my wool is Regenerative, GM free, Grass fed (no grains), High Welfare certified as well as EOV (Ecological Outcome Verification) verified. In a nutshell, this means that instead of depleting the soil, they improve it.
Both warp and weft are naturally dyed. The wool has been hand dyed in my kitchen and the water from the exhaust dye baths goes back into the soil and any remaining plant material into our garden compost bin. The warp consists of 4 warps dyed individually to create a unique variegation.
Dyes used: indigo, madder, weld, cochineal, tansy.
My patterns are always asymmetrical, always intuitive, never following a pre-made pattern. All the items are unique and I will never weave two identical ones.
Hand washing and drying flat is recommended. As with any delicate handmade item, it is recommended to be gentle when handling, especially if they feature textural elements.
Natural dyes are PH sensitive, therefore they must be washed with PH neutral soap (I use Ecover Delicate of which I have tested the PH myself).
Please note that natural dyes look different depending on the light. Also please note that even though I did my best to take an accurate photo of the colour, it can differ from screen to screen.