Found Art has always been a “revealer” of information about the past and its histories and cultures. Here’s a look at how the art of weaving is a revealer of information about place, textures, surroundings –
In her book Weaving As Metaphor, Sheila Hicks shows her woven works which I find to be very representative of her nomadic career. It was beautiful how the first few images in the book – one, a piece she had woven and the other, a picture of Sheila in Mexico, seemed so connected. It reveals to the viewer information about her surroundings, her culture, her sense of perceptions in the form of textures, colors, patterns and compositions. The reciprocity between art and design is communicated so naturally that it ignores all the rules of classification and planning which we, as designers often confine ourselves to.
The above picture is of Sheila Hicks in Guerrero, Mexico. Below, is some of her work. (taken from her book)
The above picture is one taken by Sheila of her surrounding in Guerrero.
Weaving As Metaphor states an an interesting thought held by Plato — that the fine arts are mimetic, or imitative and therefore holds nothing he would recognize as originality, since they involve merely copying an existing reality.