Friday, April 10, 2009

Studies Continued

End of Warp-Backed Studies

I just finished weaving the rest of the warp-backed studies. Actually, it also has weft-backed structures in it, which show up where the cloth turns from black and white into color. Where it says "weft-backed 9/1 satin" it should read "weft-backed 1/9 satin." I wrote it correctly in my notebook. I have to continue with these until I find something I like. You can see in the detail below that the top section combines both warp-faced and weft-faced structures. By using two wefts that are different in color to the warps, I have four areas of color. Although the dotting pattern of the two wefts is lively in the warp-backed structures, I am going to ponder how to have just one weft show. So stay tuned. I know my detailing of structures is not every one's cup of tea, but this mathematical game of possibilities really gets me going.

As I was weaving I was overcome with emotion at the fact that I could be working in my studio on my very own jacquard loom. By now I should know better than to say jacquard, since the TC-1 is its own entity, but as Alice and I said in The Woven Pixel (page 17), 
"It will be interesting to see if historians and other manufacturers come to a consensus on a name that will separate 19th century technology, the jacquard, from 21st century technology, the Thread Controller, the Unival, and other hand and electronic warp controlling mechanisms. Meanwhile, we will continue to use the generic term jacquard in this book."
So I guess I will do the same in my blog.

detail showing warp-backed and weft-backed structures

There was a college fair at the gym the other morning, and a nice woman from SCAD gave me a free notebook and pen. It is the perfect size for carrying around and I wanted a new notebook to start writing up these studies. I measured the cloth under tension on the loom, and now I will figure out the picks per inch for each section. Still, when I go to do a real piece, I will have to weave an inch and measure, and if necessary, resize my image. Doing this in Photoshop, as described in the book, is so easy. I still like having a sense of the correct ppi when I design, but these studies were all designed with square pixels. 

Notebook of data about the woven studies

1 comment:

  1. Bhakti, your technical knowledge is awesome but the designs that you make with that knowledge is what makes you an artist. I love the new piece and aspire to one day understanding both jacquard and photoshop : )