Photo of WhiteFeather holding up the final Frida piece, captured by Kelly. This piece is now in the collection of Alexandra Lemus Rodriguez.
A bit of a more clear image and a detail shot by WhiteFeather (below).
Frida has been embellished with an assortment of hand-dyed silk ribbons (mostly dyed with natural dyes: cochineal, turmeric, onion skin, madder, logwood, indigo, avocado skins).
The below image shows the point paper draft of a brocade with two colour wefts. Somewhere the structures were wrong or the harness tie was wrong for this file. The resulting woven samples are below. It was pointed out to me that brocade might not be the best approach for this image, and that simply making use of the colour warp would be the best use of my time.
You can see from the woven sample that the background structure isn't working, but the brocade is. Also, for some reason the image wasn't flipped but the brocade was so that it actually appears on the back (ends on the front). When the cloth is flipped, the image appears to be in negative. Woven with one background weft in black cotton and two colour brocade wefts in yellow and green. At this time, I wasn't concerned with the exact colour of the girls' dresses so used whatever weft threads were kicking around the studio.
Detail of brocade and background image that isn't working.
I decided to redesign the image as a single-faced cloth, utilizing the colour warp and play with new structures to create the colours I want, versus using brocade. Below is the new draft (and weaving simulation) that I'm working on, but it still needs work. Brown/beige is a VERY difficult colour to recreate in a 6-colour structure. Also, one of my greys appears quite pinkish. Gen helped me figure out the green/turquoise.
I should also mention that the image is my interpretation of a photograph by artist, William Gedney. You can see the original image here.
Technique: Double-faced double-weave, front image (ABOVE) (back image is different, SEE BELOW).
Yarns: 2/8 cotton weft, doubled for both front and back (woven with 4 shuttles: one brown, one black and two off-white).
Sample notes: The weft threads were doubled for each side because the first sample with a single weft thread resulted in incorrect proportions - e.g. the image was squished and needed more height. This sample is still not the correct proportions and a third sample will be attempted with triple the weft threads, or three wefts per side for each pick. The wefts on the front image (shown) were a combination of black and dark brown to give a slightly softer contrast and show some texture in the hair.
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Weaving Data Research Group Samples Blog
Welcome to the blog of working samples produced by members of the Weaving Data Research Group (WDRG).
These samples are produced in response to the new techniques explored during the various Jacquard design workshops led by Louise Lemieux-Bérubé in the summer of 2015.