Panel, Cour de Rohan, 1997
Label: linen, macro-embroidered with linen.
Gift of Itaka and Enrico Martignoni and Cristina Grajales. 2007-51-1.
- Designed by Sheila Hicks
What is this?
This 'bas relief' textile is created in a macro-scale version of an embroidery technique employed in the so-called Bayeux Tapestry (11th century, Normandy, France). The stitch is referred to as 'point de couchage' or 'point lancé et couché'.
The natural linen woven base cloth is stretched in tension on a wooden frame. Skeins or coils of bleached linen are alternately twisted in the 's' or 'z' directions, and anchored to the foundation by sewing them with strong linen thread using a semi-circular needle, allowing the artist to control and stabilize the volume.
Why is this in our collection?
Cour de Rohan, which bears the name of Sheila Hicks’s home in Paris, is an example of the artist’s “macro-embroidery” process, a scaled-up version of the embroidery stitch known as point de couchage or point lancé et couché, employed in the famous Bayeux Embroidery of Normandy. Hicks has stretched and assembled multiple linen yarns in varying lengths and has hand-sewn them after alternately twisting in “S” or “Z” directions. The only tool she employed was a half-moon rounded needle. The natural linen woven base cloth was stretched in tension and the skeins, or coils, of bleached linen were anchored onto it by sewing them with strong linen thread, holding and stabilizing the volume, creating... more