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 Princess"


In Constantinople, in this age, a Byzantine Princess was not in control of her destiny. She was, to be trite, a pawn of the Ship of State. Because she was born a woman, and not a man, she was to be married off to whomever would benefit her family and government.

Though her dress does consist of many happy colors that should remind her of happy times, there was no escape. Nothing could help her, and the chain, decorative, or not, was to remind her. The tiny hook at her throat captures her like a hapless fish on a hook and line.

The background seems to seethe with its emotional colors, buffeting her with its currents, beyond her control. The lines snaking out from her are her wild emotions or are the fates trying to ensnare her? And winds blow her to her fate.

Note from the Artist: The royal weaving staff (that’s me) wove her garment on an AVL loom, using 12 shafts. It is basically straight twills, with some directional changes. The treading is as drawn in (means that it copies the threading pattern). It is what I call a “meandering” twill with some broken twill areas. The fibers are perle cottons, used for brightness of color and shine.

The complexity of this piece is in the color selection, both warp and weft. The colors seem to vibrate against each other. Golden’s Interference paints give the background its movement.





"1000 A.D. Constantinople Byzantine Princess" DETAIL



48” x 30” x 2”
Handwoven Costume on Canvas




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