Mixed Media & Paintings by Anne Abendroth

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Handwoven Cloth, Canvas & Paint
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.




This costume’s fabric inspiration was a raven. From a distance, the bird appears to be all black, but upon closer examination, there are many colors, often iridescent. To try to catch this feeling, I used a black warp that slowly changed into a deep blue. The weft was not a black, as I had originally planned, but discovered that when I use a dark blue weft, the colors began to “pop”. Glass beads add to the shine and depth.

The weaving structure is basically a plain weave, but on a Bedford cord threading. The sleeves are Bedford cord, but since my AFL with its advancing sandpaper beam, did not advance the warp, but it just advanced the weft. A real complicated mess. So I switched to a tabby or plain weave for the body of the costume.

The prehistoric “birds” added just the right amount of mystery, along with the scary black painted tree forms: like a very dark forest with little moonlight. Not a place in which you would want to wander. Do those strange creatures really exist in those dark places?








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




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