The experience of being in nature is the theme of my collection, especially the rich layering of natural phenomena and the interplay of light, wind, shadow, and water that disturb and interfere with our perception. My interest was to explore the natural forces at play and the disturbance that they cause, how the surface of the water reflects light and obscures what’s underneath, the interference of the wind and the water that partly submerge trees, sandbanks, and branches, and doing so shows the ever going movement of nature. All those phenomena present within nature engage us and create a unique sense of wonder that’s hard to experience in a man-made space. My goal was to create fabrics that allude to those concepts to bring texture, depth, and a layering experience to enclosed spaces. My strategy was to use contrasting materials (shiny, transparent versus opaque, and coarse), overlapping patterns (more clarity/less clarity), deflected wefts, and double weave blocks to translate the idea of emerging/submerging, and other techniques.
This project was developed during the course Advanced Weaving – Dobby and Seminar at Rhode Island School of Design.