Elin Igland

Resisting and complying with the pull of gravity


Igland works with looms and weaving, and examine how warps and wefts can be constructed into a three-dimensional expression, sculptural forms or become a spatial installation through the use of Digital Jacquard looms.

Anni Albers’ work in weaving was the beginning of a change in textiles as a concept, the textile materiality as its own language, and an expansion of the textile concepts’ limits. Albers questioned the woven surface, and sought out volume and three-dimensional features. Her ideas continued on through the 1960s and 70s, through Magdalena Abakanowicz, Lenore Tawney and Claire Zeisler, who, in different ways, experimented with the possibilities within tapestry to construct sculptural expressions.

When the Digital Jacquard loom for handweavers emerged in the mid-90s, it created new textile expressions, and woven photographs became a hit. Igland misses a larger exploration of other expressions the Jacquard loom can produce, and thus works to use the loom, wefts, warps and materiality to create form and three-dimensional features in her woven objects.

The work also has to do with the loom as a concept and method, its principles of construction, and what appears in the absence of these principles.

Technique: handwoven jacquard weaving on TC1

Materials: died cotton, wool and nylon

Dimensions: 480 x 65 cm