Interlaced lines make up a structure.

Structure is made visible by colour.

Colour and structure are fundamental parameters in weaving; each can shift our perception of the other in surprising ways.

Through observations of interactions between line and colour, the mechanics of seeing are unpacked.

How does our perception of colour shift when it takes the form of a fine line?

How is our understanding of a form challenged when its colours are altered?

These questions, expressed in visual form with minute details invite viewers to indulge in the very act of observing. 

Plied Colour
Development of fibre-based sculptures

The weaver’s approach to building with colour is similar to that a Pointillist’s, except in a 3D context.

Just as the use of colour can suggest depth in a 2D painting, so can it suggest construct in a 3D object. In fact, it can manipulate our perception of construct.

This pair of sculptures express the delicate relationship between colour and structure in the form of thick lines, built from finer lines.

The pieces were produced during an artist residency in 2021 at The Straits Clan, organised by The Artling.
Left: Plied Colour I 1024
Year: 2021
Dimensions: H122 x W10 x D10cm
Material: Abaca paper, hand-dyed

Right: Plied Colour II 1024
Year: 2021
Dimensions: H120 x W8 x D8cm
Material: Abaca paper, hand-dyed

Photos: Fabian Ong

Close up of Plied Colour I 1024
Close up of Plied Colour II 1024

Structural Gradient
Creating colour gradients by manipulation of structure

This series presents the level of complexity that can be achieved in yarn-twisting, by adopting principles of weaving (building surface from lines), to yarn-twisting (building thick line from finer lines). The colour gradients were achieved, not by using different coloured yarns on both ends, but by gradually changing the yarn structure, showing more of some colours, while hiding others. This is similar to weaving – when more weft than warp is exposed, the weft colour dominates.

The work documents a search for possibilities in applying weaver’s skills, building forms with pliable lines, which are beyond the rectangular grid.

Structural Gradient II 1536
Year: 2021
Dimensions: H77 x W116 x D2cm

Photos: Fabian Ong

Structural Gradient I 960
Year: 2021
Dimensions: H87 x W75 x D1cm
Materials:Alpaca and silk blend

Photos: Fabian Ong

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