Alice Fox weaving development 1

Back in December I showed the beginnings of some tapestry weave on a frame. This slowly grew over the last month or so and I ended up with two separate pieces done on the same warp. The main piece was relatively successful and I managed to keep things fairly even. The second ended up being badly pulled in at the side and I learnt a lot during the making of it, persevering when things went awry, but then giving up on it eventually. I was using the same linen for the warp and weft and I realise that this was probably not robust enough a warp. By the time I got well up the frame it was probably stretching and distorting. I have so much to learn. Most of my weave has been on a small scale so far, and working that way I can get away with a lot. My challenge is to be able to work on a larger scale and still be happy with the results.

Alice Fox weaving development 2

I ended up with a beautifully white construction with slits that break up the surface. The intention was always to mark the surface with ink, but I did enjoy it in its pure state for a while first.

Alice Fox taepstry weave with walnut ink (detail)

The walnut ink was applied with a roller. I knew there would be some unevenness and I like that unpredictability. The ink catches the surface of the weave, revealing the pattern of lines where the weft rolls onto the surface and then leaves it again.

Alice Fox tapestry weave with walnut ink


21 thoughts on “inked

    • Thank you Julie. I use rust in some of my work, but a great deal of it uses other means of making marks. The walnut ink was made using walnuts that I collected. This is just like when I use rusty objects for making marks: those are things I’ve found and I’m making use of their mark-making possibilities.

  1. Linen is such a lovely material to work with. Walnut ink worked beautifully. Did you use a hard roller? Very beatiful.

    • Thanks Margaret. I did have to take a deep breath before applying the ink! I had trial some smaller pieces but nothing where I needed to roll different sections separately. I’m looking forward too…

  2. It looks to me like a page of paper, written on, but at a distance so I can’t make out the words! How fascinating! Walnuts do make a lovely dye/ink, don’t they? X

    • Hi Jan, the link between textile and text is definitely part of the background to this piece, so it is good that you picked up on that. I love what the walnut does!

  3. Bold move taking an inky roller to that pristine white surface, I love it on all sorts of levels the simplicity, the confidence and the plain rawness of the materials and marks. lovely work.

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