Week of February 8, 2016 - Sight Unseen
A weekly Saturday recap to share with you our favorite links, discoveries, exhibitions, and more from the past seven days. This week: Still haven't found a Valentine's gift? How about a $7,000 trio of architectural weavings, a spiral gold ring, an avant-garde flower arrangement, or just a day date uptown to see the latest California Light & Space exhibit (above)? We've got you covered, ahead.
The Karo tribe living along the borders of the Lower Omo River incorporate rich, cultural symbolism into their rituals by using ornate body art, intricate headdresses, and body scarification to express beauty and significance within their community. This lively tribe of around 2000 people is the main sedentary agriculturalist group in the Lower Omo Valley area of southern Ethiopia.
This is a partial scan of a hand dyed and also handwoven napkin I created as my final project for Handweaving ADN 311. The warp structure is called "pointed twill." I first dyed the warp in a resist manner with a 6% DOS indigo MX dye. The weft is the same white cotton as the warp was originally, left undyed. The patterns created by the dye technique combined with the striking warp structure meant that the white pattern at some points disappears into the weft and looks broken or shredded.