Agnes shares explorations on her TC1/TC2!

Agnes shares explorations on her TC1/TC2!

New Zealand-based fiber artist Agnes Hauptli is the one we are featuring this time on Digital Weaving Norway’s “What’s on your loom” series. Agnes is a self-taught weaver and likes to bring forth complex patterns and beautiful iridescence in her weaving. She mostly creates scarves, shawls, household items, baby blankets and baby wraps as well as exhibition and experimental pieces. Agnes recently got herself a TC2 loom, after having had the TC1 for decades and below she tells us about her recent projects…    

I am the luckiest person ever! My birthday present arrived – even though we were in lockdown level 3 in New Zealand – only a couple of days late, but still in the same week! The two TC looms are now standing next to each other, complementing each other. While I have never threaded the TC-1, it came already warped up full width at 60 epi and I just kept knotting on the next warp. On that loom, I mainly do work for fun, pieces that might be planned for exhibitions or are just a thought/vision/image that inspires me to take further. And the pictures of the two woven works below are such pieces!

These were taken from an image of the surface of slow-flowing water and the shapes were then created into something completely different. The initial image for both of these pieces is the same but I changed the weave structures, emphasis and placements of colour. I wanted to create something that resembles mood boards; playing with colour in a way that brings out certain reactions or feelings from the viewer and yet keep the same organic flow of movement. It’s kind of looking at some abstract paintings and whenever you look at it, you see something else. Good fun!

On the TC2 though, which I have only had for a short while now, I have already threaded three times! I am going to be using this loom for special commissions, which are mostly baby wraps with luxury lengths of fabrics, anywhere between 3.6 and 5.6 metres long. With woven art pieces that hang on the wall, I am not so concerned about the type of fibre that I am using; the most important aspect there is the colour. But for baby wraps, the choice of yarn for the warp and weft plays a major role.

The first warp was a Cottolin (seen in picture to the left above) that I had taken off a loom that I sold and so, it was a good first warp to get to bond with the loom. I also needed to try out some textural weaves for a project that will be woven on the TC1. This was sett at 30 epi and I knew I would not get the full effect because the warp was cottolin and only the weft which was a fine wool would shrink. However, for what I had in mind, this was what I needed to see! The second warp was a fine wool (seen in picture to the right above) that I hoped would shrink and full quite well and I sett this warp at 24 epi. It was a good learning curve threading the loom at a different sett than what the modules would have dictated. Learn how Agnes did that in this Tutorial by Vibeke Vestby from Digital Weaving Norway.

The third warp (in the picture below) is a short, only five meter long fine Sea Island Cotton that am setting at 45 epi and this is what I would like to use for my baby wraps. I am only still threading, but can’t wait to see which wefts will work best on this.


And that’s Agnes in her own words: “What started in 1992 as a self taught winter evening hobby has taken over my life! I love working with colour, I love designing patterns, I love complexity in my work. Having gone through many looms in those years, I now have 4 looms that I pretty much constantly have work on, an 8-shaft Glimakra copy made of beautiful New Zealand Kauri wood, a 32-shaft Megado compy dobby, a TC1 with 8 modules (2 wide and 4 deep) and recently a TC2 joined in, with 9 modules (3 wide x 3 deep). Love them all!”   


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