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Cloud building

August 3, 2011

by Tami Wedekind

In the late 1950s and early 1960s, when art and crafts were viewed in America as mutually exclusive disciplines, Lenore Tawney brought the craft of weaving to high art and “Fiber Art” was born.  Trained as a sculptor and as a weaver, she combined several different techniques to invent large, abstract sculptural forms that assumed a grand architectural scale.

Her “Waters Above the Firmament” (1976), the last work she made on the loom, was 12 feet by 12 feet. The 1983 “Cloud Sculpture,” a suspended environment made of thousands of knotted blue threads, was three times as large, an ethereal Niagara.


“Retrospection…can… serve as an active
agent…it thus can suggest new areas for experimentation…”

from Anni Albers “On Designing”


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  1. August 10, 2011 6:02 pm

    That is a photo of Lenore Tawney’s studio and what she did most notably was leave the rectangular shape dictated by the loom and create 3 dimensional shapes that explored form and transparency. She took the “craft” of weaving to unexplored territory at the time.

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