Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Tilleke Fever


Another Tree Sack, woven in cotton, linen and rag weave. Applique ribbon from LFN ribbons. The pattern is Swedish Rosepath.


The reverse of the Tree Sack.


Tire burn-out in front of the store, sometime on the night of Sept. 9

Inspired.

I'm hooked on mixed weft weaving: rags, and linen and perle cotton yarns. I'm working with a fresh sense of anticipation. In this I've happily found an inspiration to end all: Tilleke Schwarz' book: Mark Making: Tilleke Schwarz Embroidery.
She is Dutch, and though I am usually in thrall of the Dutch imagination, this time it is true love.

Her desire to make her mark, in densely layered, thread paintings, reminds me of the restless energy of a teenaged driver, screaming up the road in the dark, leaving the rubber from a set of tires, to show where he's been. Not really a reasonable thing to do, but somehow necessary. Tilleke's mark making is probably not so ear splitting. She writes that she is inspired by graffiti, and her work is graffiti style.

I know I'm not the first to know her work. I first read about her in Selvedge, Issue 16. and she has had many exhibitions. There is something thrill seeking about her work. You can see images of her work, and order her book directly from her: Tilleke Schwarz


12 comments:

Ursula said...

the color and pattern combinations look really great in their randomness. All set to start my warp today but remembered that I have a haircut and a gym appointment. Maybe tonight? I found a great stripe for weaving and I'm excited to see how it will look.

ML said...

I'm hooked on your blog! You have inspired me to warp up for bags, mix my weft, buy LFN ribbon, and, after a day of hand dyeing cotton yardage with my quilt friends yesterday, add hand dyed to the weft recipes. Thanks for sharing your great ideas.

Tilleke Schwarz said...

thank you,

Tilleke

Anonymous said...

This last bag is the best yet!
Jaimie in Evanston

Brittany Noel said...

This turned out so well! I love the mixture of weft yarns that you've been using. The fabric feels so multi-dimensional... Tilleke's work is also wonderful. I love the dimension in hers too, especially with the painting. I can definitely see how your inspiration has come through to your weaving.

p.s. My verification word is "prose". Nice, huh?

Susan said...

I thank each of you for your interest, and for your comments.

jude said...

tilleke has always been on my amazing list.

Susan said...

Jude: I saw your link to her when I was looking at your blog recently! It's easy to see how you would feel aligned with her. Not always apparent who our influences really are--or what their influence is. I think I may be responding just now to artists who seem to have escaped self-censoring

Craig said...

I like the burnout picture: avalanche rosepath?

pam said...

I am in awe of the Tree Sack weaving. I just keep returning to enjoy it. I will never, ever be weaving on anything other than simple looms - (warping a complicated loom is way beyond the boundaries of my patience!) but I can admire and appreciate your amazing work!

Susan said...

Craig, Serious rosepathing in Avalanche

Pam, Thank you for the compliment, and I'm so pleased you like it. This is simple weaving, though. Take my word for it.

Tan Family said...

Amazing weaving! I'm going to start following your blog. :) --Jennifer syrendell.blogspot.com