Second Skin

This series of work pursued the metaphor of one’s life journey, connecting two layers of imagery within the woven structure.
I used the figure overlaid with map images to this end; a mapping of one’s life, of seeing one’s skin as a sort of roadmap of the years’ aging. The “map” was painted with dye on the natural cotton warp threads before it was woven. The undulating twill weave structure was designed to represent skin, reminiscent of a fingerprint. The figure, from a photo taken years earlier, is overlaid with roadmaps of places recently traveled. The rest of the imagery was done while weaving. Discontinuous weft does not pass from selvedge to selvedge, but only within the area of the cloth in which a certain color is needed. (It is similar to tapestry but the warp remains showing)