John Hess

Woven Textiles

Circles in Reflection

27"w x 43.5"h x .5"d

Red and green circular shapes mirrored on a cent...

Fabric paint on a twill weave....

  Red and green circular shapes mirrored on a centered loom woven pattern of rep
HieroglyphicsRed, White, BlueUndulariumElliptical VariationsHexagoniaIlluminations4 Square ReversalAlhambraCopper RiverEighteen EyesEoanthropus WebMyth Tablet I PegasusMyth Tablet II UNICORNMyth Tablet III  RUNNING GAZELLESMyth Tablet IVMyth Tablet VMyth Tablet VIPrimordiaRecursive DiamondsTangled WebSequenciaBlue Linear FoldsElliptical MirrorsYellow Linear FoldsConstellationsDiminishing / Expanding SquaresCircles in Reflection
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
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" x 19.5" x 3"
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" 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
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
2016
Alhambra
Salt Lake City

Fabric paint on 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
2012
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
2016
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
2014
Eoanthropus Web
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
2017
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
2016
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
2016
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
2016
Myth Tablet IV
Salt Lake City

I like using mirrored shapes, as in the plant birds and the color and scale of top animals. I cut out templates from originals and trace around outline on the fabric.

Fabric paint on folded cotton twill weave, with raised metallic dots in various sizes painted on the the fabric
2016
Myth Tablet V
Salt Lake City
2018
Myth Tablet VI
Salt Lake City
2018
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
2016
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
2016
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
2017
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
2014
Blue Linear Folds
Salt Lake City

A folded double weave with cut, acrylic panels inserted into double woven pockets.

Cotton double weave
20"w x 24"h x 3"d
2016
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
2016
Yellow Linear Folds
Salt Lake City

A folded double weave with cut acrylic panels inserted into double woven pockets.

Cotton double weave.
20"w x 24"h x 3"d
2016
Constellations
Salt Lake City
1991
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
2015
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
2015