John Hess

Woven Textiles

ChromasphereHieroglyphicsRed, White, Blue    Series 1HexagoniaIlluminationsGenerating StarsTangent DiamondsFlying Birds Tapestry

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

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

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