Textile, "Felt Lace X-Change", 2008 Medium: Merino wool Technique: two intercrossed plain weave structures (double cloth), fulled and hand-cut. Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund. 2010-3-1.
What is this?
Off-white wool is woven in double cloth to form four tubes, all with an open weave structure. The fabric is fulled to give a felted appearance, and some of the tubes are hand-cut to create a series of intersecting panels.
Why is this in our collection?
Felt Lace X-Change was designed by Paula Verbeek-Cowart (b. 1960) in 2008, and was woven by Oriole Mill, founded by Bethanne Knudson and Stephan Michelson in Hendersonville, North Carolina in 2006. The mill offers custom woven and designed textiles, focusing on quality, rather than quantity and speed, in the production process. They are dedicated to making the finest jacquard and dobby fabrics from natural fibers and ultimately hope to lead a resurgence of small artisanal mills in this once vibrant textile-making area of the country. One of the outcomes of opening the mill has been the formation of Studio Structure by Knudson and Pauline Verbeek-Cowart. Felt Lace X-Change reflects the mission of... more