Warped: An exhibition on sound and weaving - The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design. Asheville, NC.
June 10th - August 20th
The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design’s (CCCD) Benchspace Gallery & Workshop announces its summer exhibition, WARPED, featuring six internationally based textile artists exploring connections between sound and weaving. "WARPED brings together an innovative selection of art works from the US and the UK." Says exhibition curator and CCCD Assistant Director Marilyn Zapf. “Asheville’s thriving music scene will appreciate the groundbreaking ways these artists, designers, and composers are working at the intersection of sound and weaving." Practitioners have long observed the relationship between sound and weaving. Appalachian master weaver Lou Tate (1906-1979) remarked how the weaving draft pattern resembles the five line musical staff. Both composing and weaving are time-based endeavors that require significant planning, and are often recorded with the intention of being repeated, replayed, or replicated. The artists in the exhibition continue to investigate this intersection. Artist Alyce Santoro takes a material approach; weaving audiocassette tapes into an audible cloth. Nadia-Anne Ricketts and Christy Matson work with spectrograms, or the visual representation of sound waves, in their wall hangings. Conversely, composer Chris Kincaid translates weaving techniques, drafts, and patterns into sound, creating a six-movement arrangement for strings and electronics. Finally, Alayna Rasile-Digrindakis and Raisa Kabir investigate the loom as an instrument that can be used either to silence or give voice to the maker.
Featured artists include: Raisa Kabir (London, UK), Chris Kincaid (Louisville, KY), The Little Loomhouse (Louisville, KY), Christy Matson (Los Angeles, CA), Alayna Rasile-Digrindakis (Philadelphia, PA), Nadia-Anne Ricketts (London, UK), Alyce Santoro (Fort Davis, TX)
Top first images are details of the piece entitled "Lift the veil and see our silent language" which is to be shown over the summer at The Centre for Craft, Creativity and Design in North Carolina. Accompanied with the sound piece, you can listen to the actual line of poetry being read in Bangla that is encrypted like woven code into the fabric of the cloth.
The following next images are details of previous work, where the 'Unweaving' technique was employed....as well as current work experimenting with using more organic free forming, tapestry style methods, showcasing how the 'Unweaving' technique has evolved within my practice.
This is a short research film made during a textile research residency in Bangladesh. Meeting and working with local Jamdani weavers and their families. Rupganj is located just outside of Dhaka, here I met Alamin Bhai's family business, a weaving workshop nestled amidst many others in a village nearly entirely dedicated to making and setting up looms, and the weaving of Jamdani sarees.
Performance part one - Making the Warp - "Your threads cut my fingers..."
This short video outlines the first performance of "Your threads cut my fingers...." Creating the fine, cotton warp which was then used in the second performance piece of "Your threads cut my fingers... they bleed yet again and again" at INIVA. This warp was beamed on to use on the loom, slowing drawing and unravelling the threads across the beams before being cut.... Undoing and re/doing the repetitive actions and labours of (historically violent) textile production in making a reflection on creativity/bodies/production and capital...