Digital Dobby Looms (Macomber and ARM)
The hand woven computer dobby pieces retain a resemblance to the digitally rendered design, although, many of the compositional movements or motifs determined on the computer must be brought into being by careful and practiced hand manipulation of the materials. Patterns painted on the warp are composed intuitively and provide a contrast to the mathematical precision and mechanical regularity of the weave structure. These polychrome threads are interconnected with more textural weft threads in the creation of a tactile plane.
Hand weaving is meditative in it’s repetition, like breathing or walking, connecting the subconscious mind with the body. The rhythm of the building process echoes the slow continual growth and movement in the natural world around us, and is reflective of the cumulative effects of time in space.
Single Thread Control Loom (TC-1 Tronrud, located in the Kent State University Textile Art Studio)
The digital single thread control hand loom provides the unique opportunity for combining refined digital design with material flexibility. In my work this freedom is emphasized through a sensitivity for the integration of the graphic and haptic.