Book of the Week: Weaving
A new survey of the vibrant textiles scene celebrates contemporary makers on the loom…
To say weaving is ‘back’ might be stretching the truth a little – to paraphrase Aretha Franklin, it never went away. But there is no doubt that the art of the loom is enjoying something of a moment right now. Witness the hugely popular Anni Albers exhibition at Tate Modern (one of our October highlights, and still on show until the end of January 2019).
But, as design writer Katie Treggiden explains in the introduction to her new book, while weaving may be ‘a centuries-old craft with a fascinating history, and one that continues to evolve… It is being revitalized today by designers, artists, and modern craftspeople all over the world’.
Weaving – Contemporary Makers on the Loom presents a survey of this vibrant revival, with profiles of over 20 contemporary weavers: from Alexandra Kehayoglou – who designs breathtaking natural landscapes for designers such as Dries van Noten – to Daniel Harris, who makes textiles for famous clothing brands using nineteenth century looms, Allysson Rousseau (whose work is pictured above) and Dee Clements of Studio Herron (main image).
Weaving then: looming large once more. Just don’t call it a comeback…