Jessica McDonald "Block Exploration"
linen, cotton, wool, naturally dyed
handwoven, transparency weave
22.5" x 31"
"This piece is an exploration of hand manipulated techniques on a plain weave structure. When planning, I knew I wanted a transparent base with inlay shapes. It wasn’t until I started to create the warp that I started to envision this piece. Through the process of weaving, the imagery took shape. When placed in the window, the result is a transparent woven cloth inlaid by hand with twill, basket, and lace weave structures to make a cohesive window into the outside world."
Before working as the fiber’s assistant at Peters Valley, I struggled with exploring outside the box of my normal artistic practice. I would obsess in the planning of a project in terms of visual symmetry, color combinations, and execution of techniques. Through assisting instructors and students, my eyes were opened to the possibilities and gratification of exploring techniques without concrete planning. The results were stunning, powerful, and most importantly, educational. Being inspired by the instructors and students from my time at Peters Valley has led me to create this exploratory piece.Jessica McDonald, St. John's, NL
Jessica McDonald is a textile artist residing in Newfoundland, Canada. With a BFA focused on the art of weaving, Jessica brings the traditional craft to light through artistic exploration and teaching. She is very passionate about exploring the role that craft holds in our social and community history and the way it can be applied to present day. Jessica’s practice is dedicated to creating with intention, patience, and appreciation for craft and the hand of the maker.
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