Scarf woven by 8-shaft table loom 150 x 30 cm
Undulating Twill; Straight Draft and Point Draft
Natural and synthetic yarns in different colours
In designing this scarf, I was inspired much more by the mood of the Italian Art Deco' period, than by only one particular piece of art.
Art Deco' was characterized by rich colours, bold geometric shapes and lavish ornamentation.
In Italy it was influenced by Futurism, an artistic and social movement that emphasized themes associated with contemporary concepts of the future. Futurists aimed to break the rules, to propose something unexpected.
At that time, the fashion plates of magazines were reproduced by "pochoir", a process of hand-stencilled colour applied either to a black line lithograph or a line block. Inspired by some Italian Art Deco' pochoirs (Umberto Brunelleschi, Adolfo Busi, Tito Corbella, Alberto Fabio Lorenzi, Enrico Sacchetti, Ettore Tito), I tried to imagine what kind of scarf would be worn by a sophisticated, fashion-conscious Italian '20s lady while getting ready for a glamorous party. Not to go unnoticed, of course.
Woven scarf to loom heddles eight 150 x 50 cm
Cotton viscose and wool in black and white.
In the city of Udine, located in the extreme northeastern region of Italy called Friuli Venezia Giulia, there are some examples of architectural works that may fall within the definition of Art Deco.
My source of inspiration was the wall decor of one of these buildings designed by the architect Cesare Miani in 1921-1923. The building, or rather the complex of buildings, is intended for social housing and each building has its own unique decoration on the facade. The style, while still presenting some Liberty characteristics, ähas in itself the graphic elements typical of Art Deco and of the works of one of the most influential members of Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hofmann. The decorations have in fact a clear and rational design, made of well-articulated lines proposed by alternating colours of refined tonal combinations.
The weaving work that resulted, made with an eight heddles hand loom, is a scarf that repeats the fishbone decoration of the quoted building enriching it with a lozenge design in a portion of the length that creates an asymmetrical composition. The colours used are black and white, widely used in Art Deco, with bright orange along the edges. The chosen materials are cotton viscose and wool. Finally, the application of some Swarovski crystals enriches with a discreet glow to the finished fabric.