When I visited Archie and Susan’s studio last week, Archie was preparing a loom for his next tapestry. What you can see of the cartoon below will certainly remind you of numerous earlier tapestries. Isn’t it a hallmark of Archie’s thinking process to return to an idea to explore again ‘what would happen if…?’
….like his drawing series, his postcard series, his historical series. There will be more about his series in upcoming posts!
Archie is making a 3-selvedge warp for a large project. The cartoon is behind the loom on brown paper. There is also a small loom in between the loom Archie is warping and the cartoon, on which he made some woven color studies.
This warping process is quite involved. The rod at chest level shown in this photo is wrapped in a certain way to create a selvedge. Instructions for making a 4-selvedge warp can be found on Archie and Susan’s website.
Archie holds the entire spool of cotton seine twine as he makes the warp, carefully tensioning each wrap as he passes the spool over the top of the loom, around the wooden dowel in the middle, then around the bottom and back up to the top. The wooden dowel can be moved as the weaving progresses to allow the already woven section to be turned to the back of the loom.
This tapestry will probably be exhibited at GAGA Arts Center in September.
“Under the Influence/Objects of Obsession” — Susan Martin Maffei
“Exploring Woven Tapestry” — Archie Brennan
Sept. 10 – Oct. 3, 2010
GAGA Arts Center
55 Railroad Ave
Opening Reception: Friday, Sept 10th 4- 8PM
Gallery Hours Fri 4-8, Sat 2-6, Sun. 12-4 or by appt. 646-796-9798
Artists’ Lectures: Fri. Sept. 24th starting at 6PM.