My woven textile design is an analytical and experimental exploration of machine and structure abilities.
Shaft-weaving - warp threads organized through a limited number of shafts - is my background in weaving.
My education in shaft-weaving is twofold - an apprenticeship as a handweaver and my university studies in textile engineering with focus on machines and industry.
In my BA thesis I examined the relation of tools and design process in shaft-weaving.
Looking at different types of shaft looms (countermarch, hand dobby, machine dobby) and what kind of approach to weaving they offer.
Not just technical parameters but also parameters of interaction between loom and weaver were considered
- mainly time and touch.
The thinking and the structure behind shaft weaving very much defines my understanding of “weave” and thus my approach to woven textile design - which explores machine and structure abilities.