Fine Art Jacquard Weaving

[Proof of Concept] Contemporary art textiles on the jacquard loom. In 2016, I purchased this painting, No. 74 from artist Elyce Abrams from her 100 Paintings Project. I was born in 1974.  I watched on instragram as this series of paintings evolved. And I waited to buy this painting from my grad school friend and contemporary art colleague.

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No. 74 painting from 100 paintings series 2016 by Elyce Abrams

Elyce’s vibrant, geometric abstract paintings are explorations of color, composition, and movement. Her newer works are much more fluid, mirroring her ever-changing life and experiences as a mother. For her 100 Paintings series, Elyce experimented with works in a smaller format.

During that time, I also was a contributor to the kickstarter campaign of @WOVNS .

WOVNS is the first of its kinds – a digital platform for weaving custom jacquard fabrics on demand. You can read more about it here.

In February 2018, an image of this painting was submitted as a full-width repeat jacquard fabric. I’m excited to share the resulting fabric interpretation.

The file is first digitized into 5 colors that represent weave structures.

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Colors in the digitized files are translated into woven constructions.

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This reappropriation of fine art shows a way that 21st century collaborations between colleagues are happening. Using painting to inform the source imagery in contemporary textiles, and by using a process of on demand manufacturing, accessibility to technology and traditional craft merge.

Elyce Abrams No. 74 jacquard detail

This painting translated to be larger than 1 yard.  The scale is very large and the gestures of the lines are exaggerated. In retrospect, I could have also reduced it in size to create a repeated patterned fabric. But this was proof of a concept.  From the derivative idea, through the electronic system, on the loom, and in my mailbox in 7 days.


What does this inspire you to weave?  Drawings?  Paintings Old family photos?  Text?

The ideas are endless.

Interested in learning how to translate your ideas into custom textiles?

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You can see and buy Elyce’s work on Saatchi Art.  She is represented by Blank Space Gallery, NYC. Follow her on instagram @elyceabrams

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