In Praise of Shadows

Inspired by Tanizaki Jun’ichirō’s ‘In Praise of Shadows’, I was interested in the spaces created by the layering of elements within the traditional Japanese house. The importance of places of darkness and the locating of important objects within these spaces was something that I wanted to explore in my weaving. In order to test these ideas, I wove screens and a throw in linen and paper and silk using weave structures that either create real 3-D space or that produce shadows. A small stool is upholstered in ombre effect silk fabric.