Darilyn Bennett – Cascade

  • Heddlecraft® Award:
    More with Less

Weaving with 24-gauge wire in both warp and weft with a fan reed is unconventional, unexpected, and unforgiving; yet it is also gratifying, resulting in dynamic, vibrant weaving contours and sculptural opportunities. Expanding the limits of traditional weaving challenges me to problem-solve and adapt. With each project comes a myriad of new decisions and accommodations in patterns, tools, and resources, inspiring a re-imagination of the weaving medium.

Cascade explores color, texture, shape, movement and the play of light within an ondulé design. As the contours progress downward, movement becomes more free-flowing, with a gradual flattening of the curves as they descend. The ragged lower selvages were intentionally cut to depict the cascade’s spray and bank erosion. The final border plunges into a pool of intentional disarray. As you view this piece, observe how the light is alternately reflected and absorbed by the wire, resulting in a shimmering, iridescent movement.

Structural notes: Ondulé textile with 2/2 twill structure using wire as both warp and weft, woven with a fan reed. Undulation is created by raising and lowering the reed incrementally after a determined number of picks. I used 20 increments to produce one contour.

Dimensions: 12.5 x 12 x 2 inches (32 x 30.5 x 5 cm), including frame

Materials: 24 gauge craft wire for both warp and weft.

Loom: 4-shaft Herald floor loom, equipped with a fan reed.

  • Steven Addams