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Panel Entitled "ABC Drawn Quilt"

A work made of cotton and linen, areas of warp-float faced 7:1 satin weave; warp and weft-float faced 7:1 twill weaves; diamond and point twills; combined twill; and plain weaves with areas of paired warps or wefts and plain weaves self-patterned by main warp and ground weft floats; woven on tis jacquard handloom with jacquard computer aided design.

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  • A work made of cotton and linen, areas of warp-float faced 7:1 satin weave; warp and weft-float faced 7:1 twill weaves; diamond and point twills; combined twill; and plain weaves with areas of paired warps or wefts and plain weaves self-patterned by main warp and ground weft floats; woven on tis jacquard handloom with jacquard computer aided design.

Date:

1998

Artist:

Designed Cynthia Schira (American, born 1934) using JacqCAD software and woven on a TIS Jacquard Handloom
Centre des metiers d’arts en construction textile
Montreal, Canada

About this artwork

Cynthia Schira made this work on a digital Jacquard handloom, a loom in which the wefts are inserted by the weaver while the pattern is controlled by a computer. Schira was one of the first artists to experiment with this technology, which was developed in the 1990s. It allowed her to produce a wider range of surface textures than would have been practical with a less sophisticated mechanism. ABC Drawn Quilt marks the beginning of a series called Intersecting Traditions (1998–2005), which employed traditional textile motifs represented by visual fragments and symbols. Here, the artist referenced the use of multiple blocks, or pattern elements, to form a whole, pieced quilt.

Status

On View, Gallery 58

Department

Textiles

Artist

Cynthia Schira

Title

Panel Entitled "ABC Drawn Quilt"

Place

Montréal (Object made in)

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Made 1998

Medium

Cotton and linen, areas of warp-float faced 7:1 satin weave; warp and weft-float faced 7:1 twill weaves; diamond and point twills; combined twill; and plain weaves with areas of paired warps or wefts and plain weaves self-patterned by main warp and ground weft floats; woven on TIS Jacquard handloom with Jacquard Computer Aided Design

Inscriptions

Inscription (label on reverse): ABC DRAWN QUILT by Cynthia Schira - 1998

Dimensions

137.5 × 108 cm (54 1/8 × 42 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Cynthia Schira

Reference Number

1999.537

Extended information about this artwork

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