John Hess

Woven Textiles

Flying Birds Tapestry

19'w x 4'h x 4"d

A four section metallic twill sculpture mounted ...

Metallic twill, painted birds and geometrics...

  A four section metallic twill sculpture mounted on wood backings, and showing
ChromasphereHieroglyphicsRed, White, BlueHexagoniaIlluminationsGenerating 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
2017
Chromasphere
Hieroglyphics
Salt Lake City

Nine-section wall relief

Cotton / wool double weave, painted acrylic, reflective inserts
37.5" x 37.5" x 0.5"
2017
Red, White, Blue
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.

Wool, cotton pattern weave, metallic paint
26" x 42" x 0.5"
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" x 39" x 0.5"
2016
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" x 46" x 0.5"
2016
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
2015
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
2015
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
2011
Flying Birds Tapestry