Textile weaver and Royal College of Art MA graduate Tiffany Loy presents “The Weaverly Way” in collaboration with heritage British brand, Gainsborough Weaving. The site-specific installation will be exhibited in the lobby of the citizenM hotel in Bankside .
Tiffany Loy practises traditional hand-weaving and yarn-dyeing techniques, and explores ways to re-frame them in a contemporary context, building on heritage in experimental ways.
Developing from “the weaverly eye”, a term coined by design historian Tanya Harrod, “The Weaverly Way” looks to apply the logic, sensitivity and intelligence embedded in the art of weaving to generate an experimental approach to spatial sculpture. Working in collaboration with heritage British brand Gainsborough Weaving at its silk weaving mill in Sudbury, Tiffany Loy has developed a site-specific woven piece that is both simultaneously structured and pliable.
It exaggerates the inherent layering and three-dimensionality of jacquard weaving. By subtly manipulating tension within the material, Loy applies a weaverly method to building sculpture, which subverts the expectations of flatness we have come to expect of textiles. This tension is not just physical between the yarns, but also conceptually as the sculpture plays with pre-conceived notions of a time-honoured production method. The textile piece is overlaid with a text-based response by architecturally-trained performance designer, Sean Gwee that will form part of the installation at citizenM Bankside.
The two layers of dialogue present an experimental approach to spatial sculpture, balancing tension and delicacy in both fabric and site. Tiffany is also creating a second version of her woven installation, which will be on display in the McKinney & Co showroom at Chelsea Harbour, where Gainsborough is a featured brand.
EVENT DETAILS30 September 2020 - 8 October 2020, 10:00 - 20:00
citizenM London Shoreditch Hotel
10 Lavington Place