How a Double Weave is made
Making a double weave is a complex and lengthy procedure – it takes me several months from developing a concept into the finished artwork.
My double weaves are characterised by the use of gradients in warp and weft, in both layers. Unlike a painter, who can mix his paint to achieve the intended color transitions, a weaver is restricted to use discrete colors. Apart from being an artisanal challenge, this fact is essential to my work as a researcher of color perception. Every step in a gradient, every thread that gets its own color, is a conscious choice that interacts with its adjacent and crossing threads.
Laborious as it is, the process allows to investigate in detail how colors are perceived in relation to their surroundings, how they seem to become another entity as as their surroundings change.
A double weave consists of two separate fabric layers that swap their upper/lower position to form a pattern. The number of available loom shafts defines the possibilities for pattern making: my 16-shaft loom allows for four pattern units in this technique.