Woven Within the Surface: interconnected explorations of fine art linen canvas production

Litherland, G. ORCID: 0000-0003-3881-2365 and McLaren, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-9909-5403, 2017. Woven Within the Surface: interconnected explorations of fine art linen canvas production. In: Intersections: Collaborations In Textile Design Research Conference, Loughborough University London, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 13 September 2017. Proceedings. London: Loughborough University.

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Abstract

For centuries, linen canvas has been the preferred fabric support for painters. While there are historical examples of decoratively woven canvasses, the aesthetic relationship between canvas and painting has rarely been explored. Previously a cottage industry in the UK, production of linen is now mechanised on an industrial scale. Lost skills required to process the fibre are being re-contextualised by designers and crafts people for the sustainability value of slow, local production methods. Similar principles are evident in the work of contemporary artists exploring ecological themes through use of nature as raw material. This paper describes the early stages of Woven Within the Surface, a collaborative interdisciplinary project to grow and weave patterned linen canvas, exploring interconnected aesthetic, ecological, and material-led concepts in textile design and fine art contexts. Discussion will focus on the benefits of collaborating across disciplines in relation to development of new knowledge and understanding, skills, and creative outcomes.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Creators: Litherland, G. and McLaren, A.
Publisher: Loughborough University
Place of Publication: London
Date: September 2017
Divisions: Schools > School of Art and Design
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 31 Aug 2017 08:40
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2018 14:53
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/31490

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