35 years of textile samples, part 5: weaving, intaglio & miscellaneous

And how about all of those other areas of experimentation? I was once a weaver and a spinner, and I first learned to print and dye textiles because  as a student, I was printing large etching plates on canvas. From there, I wanted to alter the surfaces on which I printed, and I started weaving. I was living in a geodesic dome in the lovely countryside surrounding Bloomington, Indiana, where I went to school. We hoisted the 300 pound Kessenich loom up a ladder and into the dome. We were crazy kids. In one of my first dye baths there, the water turned clear. That’s never happened since. It was a good thing, too, because we didn’t have running water. The pump froze and cracked during a wickedly cold winter. I was discovering how in love I was with the world of fiber.

handwover, dyed fabrics
two samples of handwoven fabrics, tie dyed and screen printed/handpainted, by Astrid Hilger Bennett

Handwoven, screenprinted fabrics
Handwoven, screenprinted fabric using Procion MX dyes, by Astrid Hilger Bennett

Printing on wool
Printing on wool, samples from a workshop, very nice, thin wool, by Astrid Hilger Bennett

intaglio samples on fabric
Intaglio (etching) samples printed on different fabrics, by Astrid Hilger Bennett

Intaglio on silk or cotton
Intaglio (etching) plates printed on silk, cotton, in a “book” by Astrid Hilger Bennett

stitched only
stitched, woven bands, no dyeing, by Astrid Hilger Bennett

more stitched bands
More stitched, woven bands, no dyeing, assembled by Astrid Hilger Bennett

painted canvas, stitched
stitched canvas with acrylic paint and graphite, by Astrid Hilger Bennett