installation Nam June Pike



Here I would like to stress the importance of following the production process. That which is considered ‘incorrect’ with a fresh eye can be ‘especially beautiful’.


I took a drawing in 3 colours and put them one on top of the other and mirrored them. The back of the weave is a total surprise because the colours run into one another: the effect of painting in watercolours with thread. The back is just as beautiful as the front, a true gift.


The pattern is woven in Trevira CS yarn, which is a fire-retardant filament yarn. It comes in several variations from woolly to shining. In the project market (i.e.hotels and offices) the use of fire-retardant fabric is obligatory.


For weaving you need a warp and a weft. The warp is wound in one or more different colours.

Each warp thread subsequently passes through a heddle bar, an eyelet in a shaft, and then through a reed. The shafts then move up or down leaving room for the weft thread to pass through. The shafts that move the warp threads up or down determine the final pattern.

In jacquard-weaving each thread can be individually controlled (up or down) by means of a computer programme, in the past a punch card determined the pattern. De voorloper van de computer