ANNE WANNER'S Textiles in History   /  exhibitions

The Textile-Museum St.Gallen
Vadianstrasse 2
CH-9000 St.Gallen
tel: ++41 71 222 17 44
fax: ++41 71 223 42 39
opening hours:
Mo - Sa: 10-12, 14-17
sunday: 10-17,
first Wed. every month: 10-17

entrance fees:
sFr. 5.- per person
sFr. 3.- in groups of 10 persons
sFr 2.- students


Puzzle Weave by Hand

19 September to 28 October 2001

  Inspiration for my work has come from historical and ethnic textiles. The usual starting point of my creation is my admiration for the cleverness found in textiles of the past. I studied weaving and textile history in Berkeley, California and I may have been influenced in this aspect by Ed Rossback. By searching and experimenting with ancient weaving methods, I am able to gain inspriation that leads to new creations.
The theme for my past solo shows have been set according to different weaving techniques from the past, which I had been researching at the time. I created unique designs based on already existing weaving methods such as the Multi-Harness Weave, Jacquard Weave and the Curved Weave.

The idea for the woven works for this exhibition have originated from the study and experimentation with the Andean Scaffold Weave.

  Inspiration for the Puzzle Weave came about when I saw a small primitive loom at the Textile Museum in Washington D.C. which had loop heddles on the warps between scaffolding threads, even when weaving short lengths. Since then I started to experiment with the tie-dyed scaffolding weave that was used in the Wali Culture (A.D. 7th to 10th century) and have developped my own invented techniques that lead to the works in the Geometric Circus. Most works exhibited here have been woven in the primitive manner such as without a true loom.

  The experimental process itself such as the one that brought about the Puzzle Weave always gives me new images for creation. Since the simplest method is employed here, unlimited possibilities are laid at the fingertips of the weaver and this stimulates my passion to create with my hands.

(Keiko Kobayashi, September 1999)

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