Sisal & Hemp Wall Hanging I

Catarina Riccabona
Sisal & Hemp 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. This piece was inspired by twining, one of the most ancient methods of making. On a visit to the Devon studio of renowned basket maker Hilary Burns, Catarina learned the technique and was instantly drawn to it. Handling the threads in this way gives the maker constant feedback of the quality and possibilities of the material. During the making process Catarina could not help but think about the plant materials that played a major part in developing this technique thousands of years ago.

Material: Sisal, hemp, linen, brass rings
cm: Width 44.5cm, Height 44.5cm
inches: Width 17.5in, Height 17.5in
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.
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This piece was created off-loom. Catarina enjoyed the hands-on process and the improvisation while requiring almost no equipment. It was twined by hand and finished by twisting the bottom fringe. She suspended a piece of thick string horizontally between two clamps on a table and attached the same length of vertical threads to the string and began twining. By rhythmically changing directions, the final resulting pattern begins to resemble a herringbone pattern. Catarina combined this structure with small gaps in the vertical threads, to create an appealing pattern accentuated by the contrasting colours.
The Maker Catarina Riccabona Textile Artist - South East England

Catarina Riccabona is a loom weaver, working with natural materials such as linen, hemp and alpaca producing intricately woven throws, cushions and textile art. Since graduating from Textiles at Central Saint Martins, Catarina has gone on to develop her interest in sustainability, heavily influencing her creative approach. Drawing inspiration from tribal textiles, vintage grain bags and linen towels, each of Catarina Riccabona’s pieces are hand woven on a traditional loom from her studio in South East London.