Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Textile Messages That Intrigue; Look Carefully at Modern Woven Fabrics and You Could Discover More Than You Expected

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Textile Messages That Intrigue; Look Carefully at Modern Woven Fabrics and You Could Discover More Than You Expected

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Byline: CORINNE JULIUS

TEXTILES bring colour and pattern into interiors but the general assumption is that any such fabric will be printed, not woven. For most of us, the last piece of woven material we studied closely was a tweed jacket.

Yet weaving is worth a second look: not hippie ethnic or country casual weaves but cool and dynamic woven textiles that feature in From the Shadow to the Light, a new exhibition at Contemporary Applied Arts.

"Weaving is three-dimensional and creates its own shadows," says curator Lesley Millar. "It is both prosaic and magical."

That's certainly true for what might seem a rather utilitarian exhibit: linen bath mats by Angus Williams.

These beautiful natural linen mats deserve wall space every bit as much as floor space. Their subtle geometric patterns are obtained by altering the number of wefts or warps and, says Williams, get their extraordinary silvery ash colour by his "beating the living daylights out of them with a pebble. …

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