Handweaving By Jane Anthony
Fiber and Fabric Arts
Handweaving combines my love of crafts with my background in art history. I became totally absorbed and tantalized by the possibilities that weaving offers. Weaving combines texture, pattern, and color in ways that are not possible in other media. I still enjoy the challenge of weaving traditional as well as modern patterns, often combining them in an individual piece.
In recent years I have become fascinated with the mathematical Fibonacci sequence of numbers that is found frequently in the natural world, for example in the way the seeds of a sunflower are arranged in concentric circles. When I use this series (1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34...) in wall hangings, they can take on a life of their own.
I often use natural fibers, frequently adding an accent of metallic thread, wood, or shells for accent. In addition to my wallhangings, I make a variety of other items including pillows, placemats, table runners, vests, and scarves.
My work has been exhibited at various craft shows and shops, including an Annual Holiday Show in my Reston studio and special exhibits, one-person and group showings of my wallhangings, as well as Northern Virginia Handcrafters Guild (NVHG) shows.
Wallhangings can provide large-scale, textural, convoluted graphic surfaces to soften hard-edge architectural interiors without overpowering the visual environment. They can also create depth and movement in otherwise static spaces. I enjoy integrating my weavings into the everyday personal living and working environments of those who purchase and commission my work.
My work has been exhibited t various local craft shows and shops including Northern Virginia Handcrafters Guild (NVHG) Shows, United Christian Parish Fall Art & Craft Show (Reston), and annual home studio shows
My Wallhangings have exhibited at The Virginia Quilt Museum in Harrisonburg, VA, The McLean Textile Gallery in McLean, VA, Lake Anne Reston Art Gallery and Hemphill Arts Gallery in D.C.