WEAVING WITH SEWING
|Inspired by her observation of Nature's
color mixes in her herb garden, Kim Marie Bunke of Madison, Wisconsin weaves
these exquisite fabrics with sewing thread. Her work was featured
in Handwoven Magazine (March/April 2000) and a soon-to-be published issue
Nearly twenty years of experience has enabled
me to develop my work to its current technical level, that of weaving with
sewing thread as warp and weft. I make this fine fabric into scarves
and postage stamp-sized pins, meticulously embellished with tiny seed beads.
The beadwork echoes and enhances the woven motifs and colors. I call
these works Woven Jewels (TM).
One of the stamp-sized
|I develop my own complex weave structures,
doing the pattern drafting by computer. The computer serves as electronic
graph paper only. I rely on my own graphic skills for designs.
My work includes many naturalistic images, very detailed. Executed
in fine thread, the finished pins look like finely rendered drawings or
miniature etchings. This synthesis of drawing and weaving is something
I've sought through my entire career.
||My "Vibrato" series of wallpieces refer
to the idea that it is impurities or overtones that make sound beautiful.
The pointillist mixed color and contrast of shimmering and matte textures
create a similar fullness and beauty in fiber, a surface as rich and involved
as that of a painting. I hope for atmospheric effects, an appearance
of layers of mist. Handling the slippery silk feels like trying to
|These wallpieces are handwoven of silk
with two elements forming an overall satin-order brocade on a plain weave
base. The colors are rotated in order, reaching points of resolution,
which I relate to a pulse. They are woven in strips which are later
joined. It is magic to see the strips unroll from the loom, and to
see relationships develop as they are placed beside each other.
A display of her vests,
scarves and pins.
|Kim Marie Bunke has a B.S. with a major
in fine arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A teacher,
lecturer, writer and book reviewer, she frequently is published in Weaver's
and Handwoven magazines. She sells her work here at The Dining Room
at 209 Main in Monticello, WI during the exhibit and through galleries
and regional fares.
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