Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Silk Carving from the Hawaiian Symbols Series - Bamboo

Bamboo is a silk carving© and belongs to the series of Hawaiian Symbols. Each of these symbols picks one special characteristic of the Hawaiian Islands. This one, Bamboo,  is one of them. Bamboo grows everywhere on the islands - you can even find whole forests of bamboo.

As a motif bamboo is widely used by artists. It is the fascination for its strength and fragility at the same time, its beauty and its secrets, its sound when the wind is moving through the leaves - no other sound can be compared with the mystic whisper of a bamboo forest.

The technique used on these piece is called "silk carving" and was born out of the trapunto techniques (from quilting) but uses multiple layers. My intent was to create a symbiosis between carving and fiber art. The additional use of paints and pigments creates another effect - silk looks like stone or metal or any other material, the structure is completely changed into a relief. Thus the 2-dimensionality of a painting is turned into some 3-dimensional work that looks different from any angle and changes again depending on the incidence of light.

The actual sculpting happens on the reverse side - the silk sculpture is made from one single piece of silk - nothing has been added on the top.

59" x 15"
silk, stitched

Here are some details of the silk carving...


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