John Hess

Woven Textiles

Myth Tablet I Pegasus   Myth Tablet II UNICORN  Myth Tablet III  RUNNING GAZELLES Myth Tablet IV PLANT BIRDS, DRAGON,and PHOENIX  Myth Tablet V STAG and DEVIL DOG  Myth Tablet V GOAT MIRRORS

Myth Tablet I Pegasus

Salt Lake City

I’ve done 6 myth weavings. I like the fantasy of the images.This one, the Flying Horse, is fabric paint on cotton double weave, which has 2 layers woven independently and folded. I like the vibrant painted yellow horse against the diagonal stripes and the dark/light woven reversals, top and bottom.

Fabric paint on cotton double weave
2017

Myth Tablet I Pegasus

Myth Tablet II UNICORN

Salt Lake City

A warm painted cotton Unicorn against blue painted diagonal stripes and folded blue wool bands top and bottom. I like the chromatic contrast between cool background and the warm image to intensify the figure.

Painted cotton/wool double weave
2017

Myth Tablet II UNICORN

Myth Tablet III  RUNNING GAZELLES

Salt Lake City

Two gazelles painted in a warm/cool contrast, running over a flowing warm background, with folded, double woven bands top and bottom. The top gazelle is blue with painted red dots for strong color contrast and the bottom gazelle is a compliment, in deep reds with light painted markings. The gesture of running in opposite directions gives a feeling of motion.

Fabric paint,cotton double weave
2017

Myth Tablet IV PLANT BIRDS, DRAGON,and PHOENIX

Salt Lake City

I like using mirrored shapes, as in the plant birds and the use of color and scale of top animals to create varietyon the woven surface. I cut out templates from original images and trace around the outline on the fabric and paint the images. On the bird images, I used the raised metallic painted dots to increase dimensional variety with different surface treatments. The painted canvas creates different reflective surfaces in contrast to the flat woven background .

Fabric paint on folded cotton twill weave,painted canvas
2017

Myth Tablet V STAG and DEVIL DOG

Salt Lake City

Diagonal painted twill lines running in opposite directions on the two images gives the effect of movement in opposing directions. The top image has curvilinear dark/light bands, with the light bands as a color reference to the wonderful and fantastic antlers. The bottom image displays a fierce and threatening image, with the pointed, sharp barbs and the open mouth, with its snarling teeth bared mouth. The blue/violet centered relief gives a balance of coolness and calm in contrast to the images.

Fabric paint on cotton twill double weave
2017

Myth Tablet V GOAT MIRRORS

Salt Lake City

A fantastical playful weaving of mirrored shapes, with the top warm colored goats in head to head and feet to feet mirrors, creating interesting negative shapes between the two. The bottom goats in cool blues and greens are mirrored in bilateral symmetry, with horns and heads mirrored both ways between a blue/violet dividing line.

Fabric paint on folded cotton twill and plain weave
2017