Powers of Satin

Handwoven satin rope (3 x 2 m), handwoven silk satin (20 x 30 cm), ink. 2011.

Powers of Satin¬†explores the underlying structures beneath the satin textile pattern. We know satin by a long list of adjectives–shiny, luxurious, feminine– but few realize that it is only a set of instructions for binding thread.

The piece shows three objects that are satin, though only one looks like satin. A small piece of handwoven silk satin, a paper with the weaver’s notation for satin, and a 2x3m piece of satin woven with a kilometre of 10-mm-thick cotton rope.