Panel, "Cour de Rohan", 1997 Medium: linen Technique: macro-embroidered. Gift of Itaka and Enrico Martignoni and Cristina Grajales. 2007-51-1.
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' 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 on to it by sewing them with strong linen thread, holding and... more
This object has been included in the following exhibitions:
- Curators Select: Recent Acquisitions, 2003-2008, Friday, September 12, 2008 - Friday, January 25, 2019