Tuesday, April 14, 2009

In Seventeen Days



The above represents senior project form-making experiments. There are six woven patterns, 3 in-tact & 3 that are distorted.

"...The Text's plurality does not depend on the ambiguity of its contents, but rather on what could be called the stereographic plurality of the signifiers that weave it (etymologically the text is a cloth; textus, from which text derives, means "woven").
­— Roland Barthes From Work to Text

I have been keeping this notion in my mind throughout this project, because of the endlessly fascinating implications presented by such a comparison. It seems so natural (IMHO) to think of text (in the broadest, 'signifier' sense of the word) as a woven fabric, a shelter, comforting, widely applicable/useful.

My focus in this project has been the "customizations" that occur when we manipulate our language to represent our unique ideas and emotions. The two groups of patterns (within the six circles— symmetrical & consistent paired with the distorted & seemingly more organic) reflect or represent these illusive concepts of communication. I feel that their correlation and interrelation resembles the sound waves created when an instrument is tuned, fading in and out of sync, mimicking one another, blatantly related but just as recognizably unique.

*Please note that the screen does not accurately portray the patters when scaled down.

1 comment:

notions & potions said...

It is no coincidence that the traditions of quilting and textile art often grew from or were inspired by the desire to tell a story. Many quilts were designed as a means to pass on a narrative or family history to the younger generation, whether it be through elaborately embroidered "story boards" or the simple repetition of symbols.

This is all so exciting and brilliant and sound!