Claire Renaut – An Infinite Wave

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For the better part of two decades, I have used newspaper as the foundational material in my practice as a textile artist. I am a cutter and spinner of headlines and all that follows. Papers and stories, from different days and different places, have become the fabric of the final thread.

An Infinite Wave was woven during the first Covid-19 confinement in the spring of 2020. I was lucky. I received a new loom right before the lockdown, and I had nothing but time. Like Penelope, I was waiting, spinning, weaving, spinning, weaving. I wasn’t waiting for Ulysses, but for the return to a time when I could go outside, when I could see friends and family.

I wanted to highlight the newspaper in this piece by adding movement and dimensionality to the final fabric. I chose a simple, repetitive basket weave with long, elevated runs of thread in the weft. This allowed me to place stress on the sculptural effect of this coarsely and quietly remarkable yarn.

Structure: 3D floating weft with a basket weave structure, using spun newspaper for weft and a variegated cotton yarn for warp.

Dimensions: 37 x 16.5 x 1.25 inches (94 x 41 x 3 cm)

Materials: Newspaper, 8/4 cotton

Loom: 8-shaft Schacht Mighty Wolf loom

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