Moon Phases, 32" x 14" wall panel woven by hand on a complex loom. This art work is part of my series of four Moon Tapestries. It is my interpretation of a complex weaving pattern for an 8 shaft floor loom, which I reinterpreted to make it my own unique design. Like a painting, but woven. By hand. On a large loom.
The title, Moon Phases highlights the color
and size transitions we witness as the Moon makes her way across our sky. The panel measures 30" long by 14" wide. The left side has a black background (the warp yarns); the right side has oatmeal colored warp. The two contrasting colors, black and oatmeal, were threaded (strung) onto the loom before weaving. Threading the loom takes an exorbitant amount of time and concentration. Each individual strand of yarn has to be threaded in an exact, precise sequence to create the moon patterns.
The weaving begins next, following an exact sequence to create the pattern which, remember, I
manipulated to elevate a traditional weave structure into a work of contemporary art, made entirely of yarn. I wove the moon pattern into the black and oatmeal warp alternating colors to indicate the Phases of the Moon. Tricky. Complicated. Labor intensive. Immense
How long did it take me? 30 years of weaving experience + a lifetime of textile work + 8 weeks of design time + 8 weeks in process on the loom + 2 weeks after weaving to finish off loom (tie up loose ends, fringe, hems, press, mounting brackets, photograph, etc.)
Of course, art work cannot be valued by merely the time and materials. Creativity requires skill, technical expertise, imagination, design ability, and experience.
$2500.00 30” long by 14” wide. Cotton.
Moon Phases is a striking addition to any home or office decor.