Detail: The Sources 2, Weaving: combination of warp painting and weft painting hand plied yarn of cotton, silk, linen, and rayon, fiber reactive dyes
Janet Austin posted on Facebook about Fuyuko Matsubara, which led to an hour of perusing not only Matsubara, but other fiber artists as well. All of these are on the World of Threads Festival website. Here’s what Matsubara says about her process:
My weaving process is quite elaborate. I entitle my technique “A combination of warp painting and weft painting.” I weave four white cloths first with my own plied yarn with different fibres. Then I paint with dyes. After washing, I take them apart and put them into one weaving. The images and colours are woven in, rather than on the cloth. It is a complex and time-consuming process and requires a detailed plan. Before I start weaving, I work on drawing and painting in order to develop my imagery.
All I can say is, “Wow!”
Looking through these interviews, I came across Jenine Shereos. Another Wow! is in order here. There are several images of leaf skeletons, which I love. Then I read the materials used. Human hair!
Leaf Series, human hair, 2011 (Photo: Robert Diamante)
The intricacies of a leaf’s veining are recreated by wrapping and knotting together human hair. This complex network of lines mimics the organic patterns found in nature and speaks to the natural system of growth and decay. Allusions to the vascular tissue of plants and the vascular system of the human body exist simultaneously with references to traditional lace-making techniques, Victorian hair jewelry, and the cultural memory of lace.
Notice that she has a leaf series. More about working in a series later.