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Finished weaving "Bipolar Prison"! | Tien Chiu's Blog
I finished weaving "Bipolar Prison" this morning, and added some padding to the bars and face. There's still quite a bit of work to do, but I like it! Here is a shot of the piece as it currently stands: I decided to pad the bars and the face because I wanted them to stand out from the background. I could have woven the whole thing as a flat piece, but that would have been, well, flat. I wanted to exploit the flexibility of cloth to accent the elements I wanted to emphasize - the prison bars and the face. So I deliberately wove the piece keeping the layers as separate as possible, and then added layers of cotton batting behind the bars and the face. Here's what it looked like fresh off the loom, without padding. The crinkles on the face are physical ruffles: the white layer wove up more loosely than the red/blue layers behind it, so it naturally puffed out a bit. Perfect for padding. The bars, likewise, were a bit loose before padding. So what's left? I need to cut open the bottom