To Piet Mondrian
Gobelin tapestry; wool, cotton, feather; 18 x 18 inch / 45 x 45 cm;
Spring 2014, Beijing, China
I consider my B.F.A. Thesis as a great opportunity to start a conceptual self-generated project. I want to show my dedication and salute to one of my favorite artists—Piet Mondrian, who inspires me to experiment geometry and minimalism. Therefore, I did lots of research and experimentation to figure out the “secret formula” of his composition and color scheming and transfer them into my design.
In this project, on the craft level, unlike common tapestry, I introduce contemporary material “feather” into the traditional Gobelin tapestry to explore the potential, plasticity, and extensity of weaving techniques. Meanwhile, I also develop my own creative contemporary weaving technique—“Advanced Gradient Soumak”—which is able to accomplish gradient effects in both color and size.
June 5th–15th, 2014
Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University
Material & Techinique Exploration
I am always obsessed with various materials and I would love to touch them, feel them, and comprehend them. I explored the plasticity of wool and more possibilities of new techniques. After experimentations, I innovated the “Refined Soumak,” which is based on original Soumak that was abandoned because of its rough texture. However, “Refined Soumak” offers a more sensitive and delicate gradient on both colors and sizes.
Feather is also a great material. It has breathtakingly gorgeous gloss and form. I figure out a way to fix it onto the tapestry to spectate the comparison and chemistry.
01. Hide polystyrene board behind the tapestry; Reinforce it by medium density fiberboard; Use staplers for immobilizing.
02. Cut off the tails of feather; Bundle five pieces of them together as a wisp, which hardens the quills and makes wedging efficiently.
03. Place locating points sketch on the tapestry; Penetrating the each hole on the sketch, tapestry, and polystyrene board together with pins.
04. Pull out the pins; Enlarging the holes using an awl; Glue the tails of the wisps and put them into the holes.
05. Test the outcome; Make a simulated frame by polystyrene board; Paint by black acrylic.
06. Place finished tapestry in the frame; Tape it down with double sided tape; Use a brush to adjust it to ideal shapes and forms.