Every 1 - 2022

NBO Members Exhibition

Barbara J. Walker

Grisaille + Red

Materials: Artist-made 4-ply linen, cotton and viscose cords. Technique: Ply-splitting

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H: 6.25" | W: 4" | D: 4"
Barbara J. Walker
Seattle WA
My fascination with ancient Peruvian textile motifs, created with loop twining, has been a recent focus of my ply-splitting. The colors in this piece were inspired by the Five Sisters grisaille windows in the York Minster, circa 1260. Predominantly in various grays, there are flecks of red throughout the windows. Simply put, they are magnificent. In order to place the red in the design correctly, I had to make a cord that is half black, half red, and joined with loops to form a continuous cord. No easy task! The join is hidden by the ply-splitting, in which cords move through each other rather than over and under. Perhaps it’s odd to link Peruvian motifs and Gothic stained glass, but it seemed natural to me, because I love both.
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