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The Cosmic Carpet Project
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The Cosmic Carpet Project is a series of functional floor coverings made from repurposed garments that reflect, glow, and radiate color. The carpets will be woven using a combination of flat-woven rag rug weaving and hand-knotted pile techniques. Designed as sculptural paintings for the floor, The Cosmic Carpet Project engages the history of handmade carpets as familiar, domestic, and mundane objects, but also their communal functions, psychedelic patterns, and transformative qualities. Rugs have the power to unify space, to describe a pathway, to connect a practitioner with the divine. This series references Islamic court carpets, prayer rugs, Suzani (Uzbek and Tajik large embroidered artwork), and Central Asian ikat weaving - objects designed as meditations on creation and the cosmos.
Carpets will be woven with used clothing, mason twine, yarn and other durable textile and textile-like materials including HeatSheets (marathon blankets) and metallic Tyvek. Florescent (neon), phosphorescent, metallic, saturated and desaturated colors will be incorporated in the carpet design to radiate and reflect color under different lighting conditions. Materials will be woven into each rug in a cohesive, resolved design. Clothing will be collected by donation and acquired from second hand distribution centers. Garments that may be included include denim, windbreakers, wool sweaters, Tshirts, flannel and other button-down shirts. Linen yarn will be used for the warp. Carpets will be durably constructed for functional use on the floor, but can also be hung as art works for the wall.
The carpets will be constructed on a 40” floor loom the artist will bring to the Workshop Residency and in collaboration with local weavers. The artist will create three carpet designs to be woven in a larger edition. The carpets will be made using a combination of 1-3 twill and Turkish knot weaving to create pile and surface dimension.
The carpets will measure 36” x 54”.
My artistic practice investigates labor, consumerism, and the handmade. I rework Persian carpet motifs, American rag rugs, quilts, and other craft traditions to question cultural consumption while reflecting on traditions of re-use in the midst of growing income inequality. Through repurposing and reconfiguring preexisting materials, I connect my hand to the invisible hands of anonymous, largely forgotten makers from rug weavers to industrial garment manufacturers.
I am submitting images of carpets I have woven using some of the materials I am proposing to use in this project. I am also submitting a sample sketch for a Cosmic Carpet as well as a sample image incorporating some of the reflective yarn and twine that I plan to incorporate into the carpets.