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. Japan – Poet: Even Crooked Roads Will Lead You Home"


From approximately 800 AD to 1200 AD, Japan was first free from their Chinese overlords. China was in one its upheaval periods and could not pay attention to Japan. So the Japanese used this time to refine their language and customs. They also built their protective borders and began to establish an army. One of their attributes was the rise of the poet/statesman. It was encouraged to have leaders adept in both poetry and statesmanship.

My poet is a conservative soul, thus the black, gray, and white of his shirt. The collaged “roads” are angular, thus the “crooked” roads that could lead back to safety. The lotus blossoms are for good luck and prosperity. The coins are still Chinese, as they continued to be a strong influence.

Note from the Artist: I used an old American weaving structure called Bronson Lace. By manipulating the design, or blocks, an Asian feel was created. Colonial weavers used this structure for towels. I think that it is much more interesting as an Asian garment.





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




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