Blanket, "Merton", 2012 Medium: wool Technique: two intercrossed plain weave structures (double cloth). Gift of Wallace Sewell. 2013-8-1.
What is this?
Lambswool blanket with twisted fringe on the warp ends. Abstract composition of vertical columns of rectangles and bands in mixed shades of grays, browns, blues, and greens with touches of yellow and red.
Why is this in our collection?
Both the aesthetic and the working methods of the Bauhaus weavers have strongly influenced Harriet Wallace-Jones and Emma Sewell. They keep traditional dobby looms in their London studio, and use them to work out their ideas, but all of their products are woven on power looms. They are inspired by the capabilities and the limitations of traditional weaving, and have a broad range of skills for translating their hand-woven ideas into industrial techniques, and to maximize efficiency at the mill. Combining a fascination for woven structure, intuitive understanding of yarn properties, and a masterful color sense, Wallace and Sewell create such a variety of colors and textures within each fabric that each one... more