John Hess

Woven Textiles

Courage Under Fire - Fire station #6ChromasphereHieroglyphicsRed, White, Blue    Series 1UndulariumElliptical VariationsHexagoniaAuroraCopper VeilsIlluminationsGenerating StarsTangent DiamondsFlying Birds TapestryJigsaw - S.L.C. Arts Council- Flying Objects 5FLIGHT, S.L.C. Arts Council Flying Objects projectKinephantomRainbow ChrysalisRoundelaySky WavesUltraviolet4 Square ReversalAlhambraArabesqueCopper RiverEighteen EyesEllipseEmpyreanEoanthropus Metallic Folded FanMigrationMyth 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  PrimordiaRecursive DiamondsSyntonyTangled WebTilted WavesWavetownSequenciaBlue Linear FoldsYellow Linear FoldsLyceumElliptical Mirrors20 Silver Paths  Series 3ContrariumTumbling BlocksConstellationsCubesDecoPompeiDiminishing / Expanding SquaresCircles in ReflectionBlue Paths  Series 3Four Red Paths  Series 3Silver Paths  Series 3Optical Vibrations on Black  Series 4Optical Vibrations on White  Series 4Tunnel VisionShadow Mirrors  ParabolasWinged Genie

Courage Under Fire - Fire station #6

Salt Lake City

Stainless steel figurative silhouettes mounted on 3 painted glass panels, with tile and concrete public seating.

Three section stainless steel and painted glass sculpture on public seating.
11‘w x 6‘h x 5‘d
2015

Courage Under Fire - Fire station #6

Chromasphere

Salt Lake City

A three section woven wall sculpture commission with numerous color, line, and texture changes. Four layers are woven independently and cut acrylic inserts are placed in the bottom pockets for stability and the top layer is woven longer, so that it can be pushed back against bottom and raised in soft, dimensional folds. There is great variety in the dark/light color changes, with many linear changes in width and repetition.

Folded cotton triple weave
8.5‘w x 7.5‘h x 2“d
2018

Chromasphere

Hieroglyphics

Salt Lake City

Nine-section wall relief where in an open weave, painted acrylic panels with a wide assortment of painted graphic images are inserted into the woven pockets and locked into place with woven bands of wool. The overall effect creates a silent language of visual communication.

Cotton / wool double weave, painted acrylic, reflective inserts
37.5“w x 37.5“h x 0.5“d
2018

Red, White, Blue    Series 1

Salt Lake City

Two weavings showing small loom controlled wool blocks of dark, light, and mix with advancing/receding shapes giving optical movement. There are painted horizontal dividing lines separating panels with position and color changes of loom woven motifs. Second image has a similar pattern configuration as the previous two, but with vertical separating lines and a different color range. Each of these weavings can be sold separately at $800.

Wool, cotton pattern weave, metallic paint
Each,26“w x 42“h x 0.5“d
2017

Undularium

Salt Lake City

A complex woven relief with four layers woven independently, two for top layer and two for bottom layer, with cut acrylic shapes inserted into woven pockets. The top layer is woven longer than bottom layer and pushed back against bottom layer to get raised, dimensional folds.

Folded wool triple weave
36“w x 23“h x 2“d
2018

Elliptical Variations

Salt Lake City

A folded, double woven weaving showing painted, elliptical shapes in various scale changes. A second image showing the two sections arranged as a Diptych.

Fabric paint on cotton/wool double weave
55 inches x 19.5 inches x 3 inches
2018

Hexagonia

Salt Lake City

A four block black/white wool double weave showing hexagons in various sizes, some are with simple painted hexagon outlines, while others are painted 3D illusions resembling metallic box shapes. Some of these have top entry boxes, while others have opposing front entry positions . There is a large center hexagon showing dk./lt. reversal lines creating optical vibrations.

Metallic paint on wool double weave
33 inches x 39 inches x 0.5 inches
2017

Aurora

Utah State Tax Commission, Salt Lake City

Folded, double woven cotton/rayon relief with internal acrylic supports mounted on suspension brackets.

Folded, two section cotton/rayon wall relief
11‘w x 6‘h x 8“d
1998

Aurora

Copper Veils

Magna Utah Library

A two section wall sculpture mounted on steel suspension brackets

Double woven, metallic wall sculpture, with inserts of mirrors, dichroic color-changing panels,copper foil, and resin pattern panels.
6‘w x 12‘h x 24“d
2011

Copper Veils

Illuminations

Salt Lake City

A pattern weaving displaying various geometrical figures moving through color and shape changes in a play of graphic dualities.

Fabric / metallic paint on a wool pattern weave.
30 inches x 46 inches x 0.5 inches
2017

Generating Stars

Salt Lake City

Stars with vibrating rays evolving through various color and size changes, giving a sense of luminous transformations. There are also circles going through size changes with connecting rays of light.

Fabric paint on cotton / wool pattern weave
31“w x 42“h x 0.5“d
2016

Generating Stars

Tangent Diamonds

Salt Lake City

Diamonds connecting point to point on circular backgrounds separated by three panels of 16 harness loom controlled pattern motifs, and each of the panels has a different woven pattern variation.

Fabric paint on cotton pattern weave
27“w x 38“h x 0.5“d
2016

Tangent Diamonds

Flying Birds Tapestry

Riverton Senior Center, Utah

A four section metallic twill sculpture mounted on wood backings, and showing a variety of painted birds and an array of painted geometrical figures.

Metallic twill, painted birds and geometrics
19‘w x 4‘h x 4“d
2012

Flying Birds Tapestry

Jigsaw - S.L.C. Arts Council- Flying Objects 5

Salt Lake City

Each section with interconnected steel puzzle shapes, painted in cool colors interior and warm colors exterior.

3 sections, each with painted steel puzzle shapes.
Each section 4‘w x 4‘d
2018

Jigsaw - S.L.C. Arts Council- Flying Objects 5

FLIGHT, S.L.C. Arts Council Flying Objects project

Salt Lake City

Three section painted steel winged sculpture, showing dimension and color change, mounted on horizontal suspension rods

Painted Steel wings
Each of three about 3.5 feet w x 2‘d
2007

FLIGHT, S.L.C. Arts Council Flying Objects project

Kinephantom

Salt Lake City

A double weave, where two layers are woven independently and in the open pocket between the two, cut acrylic shapes are inserted for stability when folded .

Folded, double woven wool relief.
38“w x 24“h x 4“d
2005

Kinephantom

Rainbow Chrysalis

West Jordan, Utah Third District Court

Now, in new location in West Jordon, a five section wool weaving, with each on 5 different floors. The picture shown is in one long, vertical section at the first location at the Third District court in Sandy, Utah

Folded, double woven cotton/wool wall relief
5‘w x 25‘h x 10“d
1993

Rainbow Chrysalis

Roundelay

Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Salt Lake City

A folded triple weave with two half circles containing painted aluminum spokes separated by a blue curvilinear woven band containing bronze metal yarn half circles.

Rayon and cotton triple weave
5.5‘w x 12.5‘h x 4“d
2003

Roundelay

Sky Waves

College of Eastern Utah Union Building, now under Utah State University

Six suspended groupings of silver prisms in various lengths along length of Union Bldg. each with painted and clear acrylic panels with chromatic changing mylar strips.

Double woven silver metallic yarns, painted and clear acrylic panels with mylar reflective strips.
Each suspended grouping of silver prisms 7 feet - 11‘w x 2 feet - 8‘h x 3 feet - 5‘d
2000

Sky Waves

Ultraviolet

Utah State Tax Commission, Salt Lake City

A five section mixed media wall sculpture with painted 3D illusions, woven rayon panels, silver leaf inserts, a corner panel with a cotton optically woven pattern and all mounted on a painted wood backing .

Cotton and rayon double weave,paint and silver leaf.
26‘w x 4‘h x 3“d .
1997

Ultraviolet

4 Square Reversal

Salt Lake City

A five block pattern weave with a dark blue/ warm color reversal in size and outlines at a center dividing line, witha ring size and number change.

Painted metallic rings on a cotton/wool pattern weave.
31.5“w x 25“h x .5“d
2017

Alhambra

Salt Lake City

Fabric paint on metallic twill weave depicting similar Moorish patterns found in the Alhambra, Spain

Fabric paint on metallic and wool twill yarns
24.5“w x 37“h x .5“d
2013

Arabesque

Salt Lake City

A folded, four section wall relief, mounted to a painted canvas backing with a copper, metal mesh surface.

Woven cotton pattern panels, metal mesh, painted circular canvas patterns.
Four sections, each 24“w x 12“h x 3“d.
2013

Arabesque

Copper River

Salt Lake City

A weaving suggesting flowing water with orange painted strips surrounding blue/green swimming water creatures, and including other elliptical shaped swimming forms.

Painted canvas strips and fabric paint on a four block wool double weave twill.
32“w x 42.5‘h x .75“d
2017

Eighteen Eyes

Salt Lake City

I cut templates to mark patterns on the woven cloth, paint surfaces with various metallic paints and laminate painted metallic discs to the woven surface. I make the discs by pouring a mix of Plaster of Paris and water into molds, remove after dry, then sand and paint the discs with metallic paint.

Metallic paint,metallic painted discs on folded cotton double weave.
46“w x 23“h x 1“d
2015

Ellipse

Salt Lake City

A painted twill weaving with elliptical shaped forms in a chromatic progression of hues.

Fabric paint on cotton twill weave
36“w x 41“h x 1“d
2016

Ellipse

Empyrean

Salt Lake City

A wool twill tapestry depicting organically moving images connecting one panel to the next, with colors and shapes revolving/evolving around each other in implied circular shapes

A three panel wool twill tapestry
30“w x 12 feet h x 2“d
2015

Empyrean

Eoanthropus

Salt Lake City

A five block weave showing a dark blue elliptical shape, in a lighter orange/ yellow background band, as the first light of day, thus the title, Eoanthropus, The Dawn Man . Pattern blocks, on top and bottom of the weaving, shift the five block motif into different positions and color..

Fabric paint on wool pattern weave
32“w x 28“h x 1“d
2018

Metallic Folded Fan

Salt Lake City

A fan shaped metallic, double woven wall relief, with top half section in deep gold, brown and blue metallic yarns and bottom half section in deep blues with warm centered pattern band. Cut acrylic shapes inserted into double woven pockets for stability.

Double woven Metallic yarns
3.5‘w to 2‘w bottom x 2.5‘h x 2“d
2013

Metallic Folded Fan

Migration

Salt Lake City

A wide variety of flying birds, painted with various surface design techniques such as dark/light color shading, chromatic warm/cool alternations, and raised points of color.The migrating flying birds all moving in oppoisite directions, with wings moving up and down, giving a visual illusion movement.

Fabric paint on cotton twill
36“w x 43“h x .5“d
2015

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

Primordia

Salt Lake City

A cellular painted weaving with flowing circular forms divided by light yellow wool pattern bands, suggestions the genesis of early organic forms.

Fabric paint on a wool five block pattern weave
31“w x 33.5“h x 1“d
2017

Recursive Diamonds

Salt Lake City

Dark blue and white painted diamonds touching each other in a graphic play of scale changes and optical illusions.

Painted canvas on a five block wool twill pattern weave
32“w x 41“h x .75“d
2017

Syntony

Salt Lake City

Woven color changes in a two block pattern weave, with painted circular, elliptical and triangular shaped images in alternating blocks.

Fabric paint on a twill block weave
36“w x 43“h x 1“d
2013

Syntony

Tangled Web

Salt Lake City

A graphic assortment of circular and elliptical shapes in diminishing/expanding forms crossing over to connect to adjacent shapes with bold chromatic changes.

Fabric paint on twill weave
53“w x 25“h x .75“d
2018

Tilted Waves

Salt Lake City

Woven and painted cotton twill fabric and metallic circular discs laminated to fabric patterns and mounted on two canted wood backings

Painted cotton twill wth metallic discs
Diptych,eech 19“w x 28“h x 6“d
2013

Wavetown

Salt Lake City

A five block pattern weave with painted metallic hoizontal waves. This weave shows small to large square pattern blocks of color moving to different positions on the fabric.

Paint on pattern weave
28“w x 22“h x .5“d
2017

Wavetown

Sequencia

Salt Lake City

A folded, double woven relief with raised pockets to receive painted round rods in Blues & Sienna Browns, and various horizontal twill pattern bands.

Wool, double weave twill with 1/4 inches round rods
36“w with rods, 28“w woven fabric only x 31“h x 3.5“d
2015

Blue Linear Folds

Salt Lake City

A folded double weave with woven vertical lines emphasizing vertical movement, and cut acrylic panels inserted into double woven pockets for stability.

Cotton double weave
20“w x 24“h x 3“d
2017

Yellow Linear Folds

Salt Lake City

A folded, cotton double weave showing woven lines emphasizing horizontal movement.

Cotton double weave.
20“w x 24“h x 3“d
2017

Lyceum

Salt Lake City
2019

Lyceum

Elliptical Mirrors

Salt Lake City

Folded relief showing various elliptical shapes mirrored on a center line in contrasting,complimentary colors.

Fabric paint on cotton/wool double weave
19.5“w x 25“h x 1.5“d
2017

20 Silver Paths  Series 3

Salt Lake City

A woven, undulating pattern with raised, painted discs following the contour of the pattern weave, creating implied pathways.

Cotton, wool woven pattern, with raised and painted silver discs.
21“w x 21“h x .5“d
2017

Contrarium

Salt Lake City

Two sections, mounted in opposing arcs with an implied circular rotation, each with it’s own color variation.

A two section folded cotton twill sculpture.
3‘w x 5‘h x 3“d
2014

Contrarium

Tumbling Blocks

Simon Transportation Headquarters

Tumbling blocks is a reference to the quilt pattern, named Tumbling Blocks. These woven and painted blocks are a 3d illusion, while the diamond shaped centers are woven in cotton optical patterns. The large triangular shapes and smaller triangles are painted black to give both direction and an inward visual pointing emphasis. The two section weaving is mounted on a painted wood backing.

Cotton/rayon pattern weaving and paint on wood
13‘w x 4‘h x 3“d
1999

Tumbling Blocks

Constellations

Salt Lake City

A two section weaving mounted together as one, depicting painted, planetary constellations in various dimensions.

Fabric paint on cotton twill pattern
Diptych,each 18“w x 26“h x 3.5“d
1992

Cubes

Salt Lake City

A wool twill weaving depicting painted 3D illusions of open boxes and cubes with the inside dark woven layers showing through openings in light top layer.

Metallic paint on double weave twill
24“w x 28“h x 2“d
2012

Cubes

Deco

Salt Lake City

A weaving showing 3D illusions of open box shapes on large metallic painted circles and repeating extended diamond shapes.

Fabric paint and metallic paint on cotton twill double weave
24“w x 28“h x 2.5“d
2011

Deco

Pompei

Salt Lake City

A band of repeating double woven cotton patterns separating a pyramid of painted, rising and receding step patterns leading to an enclosed box painted with emerging mythological animals. At opposite end, an illusionary 3D form and an elongated box with more step patterns and other mythological animals emerging. This is a two section work, with the 2nd section wrapping around the corner wall creating similar motifs. The top, culminating in a painted spiraling motif, signifying the dominant sun centered overseer.

Cotton double weave, paint on wood backing
2011

Pompei

Diminishing / Expanding Squares

Salt Lake City

Painted square images in size and color changes with various graphic details and separated by loom woven pattern bands.

Fabric paint on cotton twill weave
27“w x 41.5“h x .75“d
2016

Circles in Reflection

Salt Lake City

Red and green circular shapes mirrored on a centered loom woven pattern of repeating circle motifs and large half circular forms bordering center loom woven circles.

Fabric paint on a twill weave.
27“w x 43.5“h x .5“d
2016

Blue Paths  Series 3

Salt Lake City

A pattern weave with painted wool blocks moving across fabric designating pathways, with blue metallic painted spots emphasizing chromatic changes with background weave.

Cotton and wool, fabric paint
21“w x 24“h x .5“d
2017

Four Red Paths  Series 3

Salt Lake City

A pattern weave showing various sizes of painted canvas discs, with four center discs painted red to signify pathways.

Cotton and wool, painted canvas discs
21“w x 24“h x .5“d
2017

Silver Paths  Series 3

Salt Lake City

A undulating pattern weave showing silver painted metallic spots moving across flat painted background blocks signifying moving pathways.

Cotton and wool, fabric and metallic paint
21“w x 24“h x .5“d
2017

Optical Vibrations on Black  Series 4

Salt Lake City

White fabric paint on a black wool undulating twill pattern weave, with large painted diamonds creating optically moving shapes

Cotton/wool, fabric paint
Tryptich 54“w x 18“h x .75“d, each panel 18“w x 18“h
2016

Optical Vibrations on Black  Series 4

Optical Vibrations on White  Series 4

Salt Lake City

Black fabric paint on a white wool undulating twill pattern weave, with large painted diamonds creating optically moving shapes.

Cotton/wool, fabric paint
Triptych 54“w x 18“h x .75“d, each panel 18“w x 18“h[
2016

Optical Vibrations on White  Series 4

Tunnel Vision

Salt Lake City

A painted 3D illusion of elongated boxes, with the bottom metallic images in mirrored advancing and receding shapes.

Cotton pattern weave,fabric and metallic paints
12“w x 16“h x .5“d
2015

Tunnel Vision

Shadow Mirrors

Salt Lake City

A folded, double woven metallic relief with acrylic mirrors inserted into woven pockets, picking up adjacent images and surrounding images of environment. Dyed cords are shaped into elliptical forms and laminated to painted backgrounds.

Metallic yarns,acrylic mirrors,dyed cotton cord, paint
20“w x 15“h x 2“d
2013

Shadow Mirrors

  Parabolas

Salt Lake City

Four woven parabolas, each with painted, alternating half circles and mounted on raised and painted wood mounts.

Cotton twill pattern weave, fabric paint
36“w x 36“h x 4“d
2016

  Parabolas

Winged Genie

Salt Lake City

A woven, winged shaped sculpture, mounted on four 13 inches x 4 inches painted ellipses, creating a dimension change.

Cotton and mohair pattern weave, painted wood strips
34“w x 23“h x 4“d
2014