SW/TWM

 SW/TWM PLAID: Plaid comes from the Scottish Gaelic term  plaide , or blanket. This blanket is a complex plaid built out of the material, visual and structural terms developed by SW during her time at TWM. The final composition is a result of numerous iterations made at full-scale on the big loom.

SW/TWM PLAID: Plaid comes from the Scottish Gaelic term plaide, or blanket. This blanket is a complex plaid built out of the material, visual and structural terms developed by SW during her time at TWM. The final composition is a result of numerous iterations made at full-scale on the big loom.

SW is Sarah Wertzberger, TWM is The Weaving Mill. This project is an edition of two types of blankets, as well as a number of pillows made from the sample fabrics produced in the weaving process.  

Sarah Wertzberger is an artist who works in ceramics, painting and textiles. Over the course of nine months, Sarah came to Chicago several times, first to develop samples on the handloom, then to work on the big loom. This project began with the premise that we would push into the limitations of the loom in whatever way these fabrics called for. Sarah’s process is about intuition, play and discovery. Our approach together in making these objects reflects that. The collaboration was about bringing something into being in a responsive and iterative way, something that all the participants were essential to and something that responded directly to the conditions in which it was made.

 SW/TWM TROMP=AS-WRIT:  Tromp-as-writ is a term used in weaving to describe a process in which some element of the warp layout is replicated in the weft layout. This blanket uses the stripe proportions of the warp to determine the color sequence shifts in the log-cabin weave structures of the blanket.

SW/TWM TROMP=AS-WRIT: Tromp-as-writ is a term used in weaving to describe a process in which some element of the warp layout is replicated in the weft layout. This blanket uses the stripe proportions of the warp to determine the color sequence shifts in the log-cabin weave structures of the blanket.