Lenore Tawney

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Lenore Tawney was a significant figure in the development of fibre art from the 1960’s. She created tapestries suspended from ceilings in the most interesting shapes and patterns. In 1964 she had works on view in a show named Gewebte Formen at Kunstgewerbemuseum in Zurich. Her pieces are very elegantly crafted as the patterns are designed symmetrically with fine attention to detail on every strand of fabric. She also introduced the technique of layering within fibre art, where shading and shapes would be created through the layers of stands of fabric and create a very surreal look of the suspended tapestries. Her pieces may even be considered illusion-like due to this technique, it is very possible that the viewer’s perception is initially deceived by this.

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