artist : designer : handweaver : teacher
All about making ...
Individual is a short film made by R&A Collaborations showing the process of setting up the loom from the beginning right through to starting to weave. Setting up a loom is a lengthy process and often one that is not seen.
This is a detail of an experimental piece Charlotte wove for her MA. It was woven in three layers. The blueish coloured layer is a nylon monofilament (or fishing line). The dark threads are a wire and the creamy white ones are a highly twisted silk.
The silk is what is creating the sculptural effect of the cloth. Woven in the middle layer it pulls the others in and causes a bubbling effect.
On the loom it was woven flat, but then when she took it off and washed it, the shrinkage caused 3 dimensional effect she was looking for.
"For me there was the added drama of not knowing exactly how it was going to react until this last stage, but great fun to see it change when I put it into hot water."
Recently this has been the starting point for some new work. Read more about the journey Charlotte has begun in her journal ....