Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Silk Sculpture at Treenway Silks

Found this on thread manufacturer Treenway Silks gallery. Each side of each pyramid is handwoven from Bombyx silk. Looking at this I can imagine each side being executed in canvas work, either 18 count or congress cloth) or each side stitched in different blackwork filling stitches. Bombyx silk is the Latin name of the silk producing caterpillar that feeds on mulberry (morus alba) leaves. Its cocoon is the source of fine, white silk. It is reared throughout Asia.

Margaret Humphries, Dallas, Texas, Split Decision
We were delighted to see this piece of Margaret's, as we most often see scarves.
A passion for texture drew me to weaving fourteen years ago. This began a journey that has taken me into the world of color and dyeing. I have always gravitated toward fibres that catch the light to create another dimension to the woven cloth and Bombyx silk is the perfect fibre for this. Most of the time I weave scarves and shawls, but as I am sitting at my loom, my mind is wandering to other forms. Weaving for sculptural forms is a natural extension of the appeal of light and shadow on colour and texture.
Split Decision is created from two pyramids that are hinged together to show the opening between the two parts. Each facet of each pyramid is cut from styrofoam and covered with hand-dyed, handwoven Bombyx silk in a variety of weave structures. It is 10" x 11" x 8" and sits on a wooden post.

See it at Treenway Silks site.

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