Wall Hangings – an Art Movement.
I’m really in love with wall hangings at the moment. And what I love the most about them is that they gently move with you as you walk past. Like the hips of the girl from Ipanema, it’s the gentle sway that makes them so very, very cool. I’m also in love with the idea of being a maker. How wonderful to be creating designs that gain a following and allows you to earn a living from the comfort of your own home. Or even to travel around the world making. Sounds like a dream to me and definitely a goal to work towards.
One of my favourite fibre artists of the last few years who is doing exactly that is Lauren Williams of Boho by Lauren from the USA and she has coined the phrase ‘Canvas with Movement’. Her wall hangings come in all shapes and sizes and are constantly morphing into new designs and feels. Her specialty lies in the dip-dying process to create a modern bohemian feel. Elegance comes from their simple form and the shapes and colours are the stars of the show. Lauren releases her collections every couple of months and they sell out super quick. Shipping all around the world is easy and custom orders are always welcome too.
A completely different look are the woven tapestries of the two girls from Crossing Threads on the South Coast of NSW. They find inspiration in the patterns of sandstone around the beaches, rock pools, and pretty much any connection to your natural surroundings that you’d like to have replicated to hang in your home. They use yarns and weaves of all shapes and sizes to create intricate and very interesting pieces. The movement comes more from the amazing textures and patterns but you will still get a little Ipanema sway! Custom pieces are made to order and they also release their own collections available to ship all over the world.
Macrame wall hangings are also very popular and someone who is doing some really refined and elegant stuff with rope and knots is Himo Art from California. Her designs have a sculptural feel and her colour palette is awesome. Even her tassels are a work of art to hang proudly grouped on a wall.
My addiction has also led me to create my first wall hanging. It was such an amazing process. I loved being completely absorbed in creating. No phones, social media, messages or anything could distract me. My 13 and 11 year old girls loved seeing me being creative and love the finished result so much that they have requested one each for their rooms. It’s quite beautiful if I do say so myself. And now with the cooler weather I find that even the convection currents from my electric heater are enough to make it sway gently. I suppose it’s a small way I can holiday in Rio every day!
If you feel inspired to try making your own woven tapestry then check out Maryanne Moodie’s book On The Loom – A Modern Weaver’s Guide. It has step by step instructions for the newbie weaver to create amazing wall hangings. Or if you don’t have the time or inclination then you can find some amazing pieces on Etsy, Instagram and Pinterest. Local homewares stores may also have a selection and you can even find them at bigger retailers like Freedom Furniture and Kmart. They come in all shapes, sizes and price points and are perfect for softening a room, adding a wow factor or simply enjoying the beauty that is moving art.