Wednesday, 9 December 2020

ebb and flow ripples

"ebb and flow ripples"

handwoven tapestry, 2020

materials: cotton, linen, rayon and wool. Woven at 10 warps per inch on cotton warp.

size: 40cm square (including painted wooden frame.)

A tapestry reflecting the ebb and flow of the tide at the Sand O' Wright beach in Hoxa, Orkney and an exploration of knotting, subtle tonal blending and textural changes through varying warp and weft thicknesses.

The photographs were taken this afternoon (09/12/20) at the Sand O' Wright beach. I've been waiting for nearly a week for a dry and relatively clear day to take photographs. It was a bit windy so slightly challenging conditions for carting around a camera bag, tapestry and a board to protect the frame from getting wet in the sand. I chanced my luck seeing how close I could position the tapestry next to the shoreline without getting swept up in the tide and I succeeded!



Friday, 4 December 2020

In progress - November

Here are some images of what I was working on in November. I finished the piece this week so I'll be back soon with finished images and details.

Monday, 2 November 2020

ebb and flow notation

This is the second piece I was working on last month. It's a continuation on the theme of tidal line cycles which I always enjoy working from. I've actually been sitting on this particular idea/composition for a few years with the drawing pinned up on my studio wall all this time. I recently came to the conclusion that I was making it too complicated. (Who, me? Never!) It's all about the fragmented scatterings of the end of a wave against the subtle, tonal gradation of wet sand. Sometimes less is more.

It's a shame that it doesn't particularly capture on camera, but there's a shiny, blue rayon yarn (the tall cone in the photo below) running through most of the background which gives the tapestry a really lovely shimmering quality. The shiny background and the low relief tufting create an unusual surface which play with the sense of depth and can change quite dramatically in different lighting.

"ebb and flow notation"

size: 65 x 22.5cm (not including painted wooden frame)

materials: cotton, linen, rayon and wool. Woven at 10 warps per inch on cotton warp.


Side view to show the low relief depth of the tufts.

in progress detail.

in progress on the loom.

Monday, 26 October 2020

horizontal rhythms, Echna Loch

It's been a while, but I have still been busy working over the last few months. I recently finished two smaller tapestries and I'm sharing the first one today. 
This piece was directly inspired by a view from a walk I took on Burray a few months ago, looking across Echna loch to Scapa Flow with the road sandwiched in between and the hazy hills of the West Mainland in the distance. I was really struck by the flat, horizontal planes of texture and colour against the gentle, undulating hills and immediately felt it could make a subtle yet visually interesting tapestry.

Although I photographed the finished piece outside the gallery (in South Ronaldsay) at a different time of year to the inspiration source, the colours and landscape echoed the tapestry rather nicely.

"horizontal rhythms, Echna Loch"
size: 19 x 62.5cm (including the painted, wooden frame)
materials: cotton, linen, viscose rayon, wool.
woven at 10 warps per inch on cotton warp.

woven detail: I used a mixture of handtufting, single warp and double warp weft to create textural variation between the horizontal planes.


in progress on the loom

Somewhat naively, I thought the simplicity of the composition would lead this piece to being "easier" to weave. Sadly, as the photo above demonstrates, this is not always the case! It sounds completely ridiculous, but I was stuck for a full week on finding the correct combination of yarns for the blue tones to put above the tufted "land". I think I wove and unwove that area at least 4 times!

Monday, 27 July 2020

new tapestry art prints

Just a quick post to say my three latest tapestries are now available as art prints from the gallery's website. They're listed under "Jo art prints" in the "Shop" drop down menu:

Tuesday, 21 July 2020

summer haze

'Summer haze' 
Looking across the sea to Rousay from Aikerness beach. 
Size: 93 x 23 cm approx.
Materials: cotton, linen, rayon and wool. Woven at 8 warps per inch on a cotton warp.

Detail shots:

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

over half way...

I thought I might have finished this piece by now (ha!) but due to a couple of distractions towards the end of last month my progress slowed down. I'm over half way though and the upper section should be easier. (Ha, again. Famous last words.)

Here are a few photos of my progress so far: