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Study, Face Maps: Halfseen

This is a Study. It was designed by Lia Cook. It is dated 2005 and we acquired it in 2007. Its medium is cotton and its technique is two intercrossed plain weave structures (double cloth), hand woven using digitally controlled jacquard head. It is a part of the Textiles department.

Lia Cook’s creative process combines photographic media and computer-aided technologies with a mastery of hand and powered Jacquard looms. Her recent black-and-white work is based on scanned photographs, which are manipulated on a computer. Digital technology enables her to play with scale, detail, and focus. The visual information is translated with a CAD program into weaving instructions for a digital Jacquard head on a hand loom in her studio.
Face Maps: Halfseen could be considered a sketch for the larger work, Binary Traces: Kay. A black warp and white weft interact to create a loosely woven interpretation of the photograph. The interaction between the binary coding and the physicality of the weaving leaves a distinctive surface pattern or trace.
Face Maps: Halfseen, Binary Traces: Kay, and a third Cook piece, Digit Maps: Four Centimeters, are being considered for acquisition as a group, due to their complex interplay of detail, pattern, and process.

It is credited Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 26.7 x 20.3 cm (10 1/2 x 8 in.)

Cite this object as

Study, Face Maps: Halfseen; Designed by Lia Cook (American, b. 1942); USA; cotton; H x W: 26.7 x 20.3 cm (10 1/2 x 8 in.); Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund; 2007-33-2

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Design Life Now: National Design Triennial 2006.

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