John Hess

Woven Textiles

Optical Vibrations on White

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Optical Vibrations on White
Red, White, BlueMyth Tablet I PegasusMyth Tablet II UNICORNMyth Tablet III  RUNNING GAZELLESMyth Tablet IVMyth Tablet VMyth Tablet VI20 Silver PathsBlue PathsFour Red PathsSilver PathsOptical Vibrations on BlackOptical Vibrations on White
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
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
20 Silver Paths
Salt Lake City
2018
20 Silver Paths
Blue Paths
Salt Lake City
2018
Blue Paths
Four Red Paths
Salt Lake City
2018
Four Red Paths
Silver Paths
Salt Lake City
2018
Silver Paths
Optical Vibrations on Black
Salt Lake City
2018
Optical Vibrations on Black
Optical Vibrations on White
Salt Lake City
2018
Optical Vibrations on White