I weave tapestries. I weave tapestries the same way they have been woven for hundreds of years. Weft threads intersect warp threads, creating an image by changing colors of yarn. While I use centuries’ old techniques, I introduce new elements and incorporate new materials, innovations and inspirations. Several techniques are used to push the boundaries of traditional tapestry, incorporating feathers, glass, beads, and other reflective materials to heighten contrast. Texture and color are integral components. Textured areas create a marked contrast to detailed beaded sections or the luminosity of fused glass. Pointilist-like beaded surfaces and glass areas provide elegant accents and focal points. Works are produced on a 56” wide four-harness floor loom. Crimson Prelude is inspired by the organic latticework of butterflies and other organic forms. Butterflies represent progressions found in nature, designs ranging from orderly to fluid, from complex to formal symmetry. While grids offer structure, organic grids impose structure upon the abstract. It is as if I am layering the structure of the butterfly, its color and pointillism-like qualities with the richness of its pattern. As artists we pick and choose, layer, collage, synthesize and weave it into a tapestry revealing interplay of pattern, surface and color. More works can also be viewed at www.tapestryart.com.
Rowen's ArtPrize Entries
These are Rowen's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Rowen's Past Work
These are images of past work that Rowen has done.