21 Sep 2014

Beautiful Brutal

I've controversially banned myself from using colour in these swatches!I wanted to limit my pallet and try to explore many different textures and materials. I was drawn to the Brutalist architecture of the Barbican Centre in London, to draw inspiration for structure, pattern and texture. Using my eight shaft table loom, (good for sampling) I put on two warps, a white worsted wool and a fluffy grey wool. Weaving layers and stripes of differently textures areas, in a concrete and aggregate pallet of varying scale, to try to give an illusion of depth and height. I used combinations of strong British wools and chunky novelty metallic yarns to resemble the steel skeletons, sometimes visible.