Introducing my new Carnival wallhanging. A design – handwoven in the passement-technique – that celebrates color. Passement is the art of handweaving decorative ribbons. A lost technique that I have revived, but in an enlarged and modern format. Carnival is a bright and colourful wall art which is woven with luxury yarns as 100% merino wool, 100% silk and combined with paracord. As implied by its name, color is a recurring element in the design of my passementerie series.
Elizabeth Ashdown (based in the UK) is an artist who gives passement courses. So I decided to follow one of her courses. Her course was an eye-opener for me as it is such a versatile weaving structure.
A splash of color
The graphic expression of the handwoven design comes together in the use of colours and yarns which makes this design looks light, airy and is a real eye-catcher. Contrasting yarns and how the design elements are woven ensure a design that is modern, luxurious and full of character.
With its modern and luxurious look, the handcrafted Carnival wallhanging will fit beautifully in your living room, bedroom or dining room.
Carnival is unique and available in a single number.
Format : 69×90 cm Materials : merino wool, silk, paracord and packaging ribbon. Design and woven by : Ilse Philips
Interested to publish this artwork in your magazine, gallery or museum? Mail me
Te koop via @masters_and_crafters. PAS-GOLD / kunstwerk. Een perfect cadeau voor de feestdagen. Dit handgeweven kunstwerk is geweven in de ‘passement’ techniek. Passement is de kunst van het weven van decoratieve linten. Een verloren gegane techniek die ik nieuw leven ingeblazen heb, maar dan in een modern jasje. Dit kunstwerk is ingelijst in een zwarte box die zowel neergezet als opgehangen kan worden. Het kunstwerk komt hierdoor nog beter tot zijn recht.
Elk kunstwerk is uniek en wordt slechts in 1 exemplaar gemaakt.
Een mooi, uniek en origineel cadeau dus !
Formaat box : 37×37 cm Kleuren : groene, zwart, oranje, goud Materialen : oranje en zwart paracord, groene en zwarte zijde, goudkleurige tubes. Ontwerp : Ilse Philips Geweven door : Ilse Philips Meer info via www.mastersandcrafters.com.
Passementerie comes in different shapes and sizes. Normally, passementerie is small so you can sew it onto dresses, jackets, curtains and upholstery.
One of the most famous passementerie companies is Verrier in Paris. They make the most gorgeous passementerie you can imagine.
Because it’s a very time-consuming craft, it has become endangered.
I am autodidact and I tried learning passementerie by viewing the photos on the internet. But that didn’t get me much further.
I came across Elizabeth’s website and subscribed for her online zoom Passementerie Masterclass. Elizabeth Ashdown MA RCA is an artist based in South East England. She creates contemporary, hand woven artworks using the endangered craft of Passementerie. You should definitely check-out her website and Instagramaccount. It’s a burst of great design and gorgeous colors.
What did I learn ?
Elizabeth starts her course with explaining what passementerie is. How you can give it a personal twist and how to set up your weaving. You can use a frame loom, or as I did, my large 16-shaft Ashford loom.
The sett you use for your warp is very dense. So you don’t see the weft threads for the basic ribbon.
She explains what a picot, scallop and crete is. You weave together with her (and all the other participants) live, your first design. In between you can ask questions and she explains the do’s and don’ts very clearly.
I have woven 2 different designs on a single warp/ribbon.
You can go crazy when you work with different wefts and with 2 warps/ribbons. Is it as complicated as it looks? Well, you certainly need to be very focused on which weft, ribbon, color you will use to make your design look great.
In my left warp/ribbon I used a wider sett then the warp/ribbon on the right. As you can see the right ribbon looks better because there are no ‘gaps’. Ofcourse, gaps can be a design feature if you plan it carefully.
Let’s get crazy
With passementerie you can get as crazy as you like. There are no limits to what you can use. Below are a few examples of try-outs. I made them with recycled household-stuff.
Learn an endangered craft
Bring passementerie back to live. If you like to know more about how to weave it, I can highly recommend Elizabeth’s Masterclass. She’s a fantastic and brilliant weaver, a good teacher and a very nice and helpful person.
Thank you Elizabeth, it was really fun learning passementerie !
From the Metamorphosis serie : “Passementerie”. This handwoven wall art is made with products which I found in house. I used old buttons, rubber wires, cables, cotton sticks, hygienic napkins and chips bags. More about the creative process can be found here. On my Instagram account you can find more intriguing handwoven art. I like to thank Robyn Spady for her booklet on Passementerie.
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