Mixed Media & Paintings by Anne Abendroth

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Handwoven Cloth, Costume on Canvas
The hand-woven non-wearable garments as soft 'costumes' or regalia are sewn onto canvas on stretcher bars, and the background canvas, and sometimes the woven surfaces are painted.  This mix of contemporary acrylic painting is a new approach to woven artworks.


"1000 A.D. Constantinople Byzantine Bishop"


Portly and very well fed, this Byzantine Bishop is richly adorned. Though the Byzantine Empire had become the center of the Christian world in this time period, their location at the mouth of the Black Sea was the crossroad of the known trading world. Thus all that wealth began to emerge as their main focus.

Christ and his Church began to fade into the background. Incidentally, Rome was still a player in the affairs of the Church, but was usually ignored, at least by Constantinople. So though the cross behind our Bishop is large and almost overbearing, it is beginning to fade into obscurity.

Note from the Artist: In this series, I was striving for really outlandish fabrics. Something that only a vain and very wealthy person would want and wear.

In the weaving world, the rule of thumb is not to mix a busy warp with a busy weaving structure. The definition of a “busy” warp would be lots of colors and textures, so you should use a simple weaving structure (to show off the warp), like a plain weave or a quiet twill. Conversely, if you wanted a “busy” weft structure with lots of visual movement, you would use warp threads in one color or one texture. This is reasonable; given that your eye would have trouble appreciating and seeing two things at once.

So, because it is more fun to push design boundaries, I am using very busy warps and very busy weaving structures. The result is a fabric that probably would not appeal as clothing to the average person. But to a Byzantine? Why question him? And our Bishop would not listen either.

Think of the fable of the Emperor with No Clothes. No one dared to tell him that he was naked, except for an innocent child.





"1000 A.D. Constantinople Byzantine Bishop" DETAIL



48” x 36” x 2”
Handwoven Costume on Canvas




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