Dodecaweave

2018

Cotton, handwoven on an AVL Dobby loom

Weaving is a technically binary structure: a warp thread can be either raised or lowered. When drafted, woven structure is drawn as a binary grid. Woven in multiple layers, weaving maintains its inherent binary nature but takes on a new physical dimensionality. My work on this twelve-layer cloth investigates the the material possibility of something that is physically multi-layered and structurally binary. Through woven layers, folds, and waves I am asking how this transformative material could serve as metaphor to consider other structures found in cultural and societal constructs such as language, time, nationality, politics, gender, etc. Can it be a conceptual model for creatively imagining presents and futures that contest pre-established systems?