John Hess

Woven Textiles

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ChromasphereHieroglyphicsUndulariumElliptical VariationsArabesqueEighteen EyesMetallic Folded FanSequenciaBlue Linear FoldsElliptical MirrorsYellow Linear FoldsContrarium
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
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
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.
2012
Arabesque
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
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
2012
Metallic Folded Fan
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
Contrarium
Salt Lake City
2018
Contrarium