Flax & Madder Wall Hanging I
Flax & Madder Wall Hanging I by Catarina Riccabona is part of the ‘Plant Explorations’ collection, facilitated by The New Craftsmen. Earlier this year, The New Craftsmen invited a select group of craftspeople to the Economic Botany Collections at Kew Gardens to examine and creatively respond to a myriad of objects and their narratives. The collection delves into humanity’s ever resourceful and ingenious making traditions with plants. In this work, Catarina traces the story of flax becoming linen; a material that has been a constant in her work, with its timelessness and distinct aesthetic character. Inspired by a garment from Kew’s Economic Botany Collection that features a visual juxtaposition of tightly woven fabric against raw plant parts, Catarina’s wall hanging contains both unprocessed and semi-processed flax, as well as fully-processed (spun) linen. Visually, this work moves from less structured, unruly areas at the bottom to increasingly more organised higher up in the piece. The thick rows of flax roving across the centre of the piece show the inner fibres, when they have been freed, cleaned and combed but not yet spun.
Material: Linen, flax, brass bar
cm: Width 61cm, Height 92.5cm
inches: Width 24in, Height 36in
Care Instructions: Dust with a lint free cloth. Keep out of direct sunlight, some fading might occur over time and is part of the nature of the piece.