Weavings . . .

Is weaving a craft?  Is it art? Does it matter?

 

Either way, weaving involves envisioning a design, imagining textures, planning out patterns -- and executing your vision using mathematical calculations.  Patience and precision are essential.  And, alongside the discipline, it is important to keep a channel open to spontaneity.  Close attention to the needs of your equipment accompanies your every move.

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With loom weaving, every movement of your hands creates an intersection and thousands of options to consider – right or left – up or down – color here - none there.  You can try to control the journey, but in the end . . . success comes from balancing control with serendipity . . .  and letting the materials speak for themselves.  

Trust has a huge role to play in the outcome.

Most of the textiles Lynn weaves are inspired by Asian meditative scrolls.  The designs ascend inspiring a  transition through life's challenges toward greater insights and compassion. 

 

Some of these pieces displayed here are available for purchase. Similar works can be commissioned. 

If interested in purchasing or commissioning woven textiles, please contact Lynn.

Painted Warp Ikats

The pieces below are woven using a technique where the warp threads are dyed before putting them on the loom.  This creates a feathered affect where the colors blend into each other. 

 

Most pieces pictured here are 65 to 72" in length and 16" to 24" in width.  Some are banded at the top and bottom in silk (Dupion & Shantung).  The weights (fuchin in Japanese) are often handmade from wetted felt, seeds and colored clay.

 

The pieces that are available for purchase are noted as "AVAILABLE."

Click here for some images of the process.

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Funneling Light

AVAILABLE

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Stargazing

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Lighting the Way

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Filtered Fronds

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Sensations Rising

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Floating Light

Hawai`i State Foundation on Culture & Arts Recognition Award

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Finding Home

AVAILABLE

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Mists at Dawn

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Sakura

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Surf Rising I

Temari Award & 

Hawai`i State Foundation on Culture & Arts Recognition Award

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Piercing the Mists

AVAILABLE

Refracted Helix

Hawaiʻi Handweavers Award

AVAILABLE

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The textiles below are inspired by Asian meditative scrolls and are woven using an overshot technique where the weft thread skips over warp threads to create a pattern.  They are adorned with sashiko stitching. 

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Imperial Pulses II

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Fleeting Foliage

Hōnaunau

Hawai`i State Foundation on Culture & Arts Recognition Award

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Kata Prayer Scroll

Photographs by Lynn Martin Graton unless otherwise noted.