Patricia Mink experiments with yarns, aspect ratios and techniques!

Patricia Mink

Patricia Mink shared pictures of some of her recent works, woven on the TC2 and we thought why not share them further with you! In this Series, she uses the same image file as a way to get to know the TC2- testing out different yarns, aspect ratios and techniques using 12 end satins.

The grey version is an experiment using wools. Patricia says she really liked how weaving the satins with the fine wool began to feel like tapestry (an unexpected surprise), and so she used a modified file to weave a 3-shuttle discontinuous weft/tapestry-like technique. Another interesting surprise was how much the changes in yarn, aspect ratio, etc., really affect the image, especially the face.

Patricia tells us, “The image itself is a photo of my mother at age three, combined with a pattern derived from Alzheimer’s drawings of neurofibrillary tangles and beta amyloid plaques. This is part of a series I have been working on, called ‘Tangles’. My mother, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, was a weaver (she can no longer weave), specializing in tapestry. She also taught weaving for many years. Using the TC2 to experiment with this imagery feels very connected to this personal content.”

Patricia created these pieces on a 2-Wide with 8 modules, 4 in the depth (60 epi). Because of time limitations in the initial set-up, it is currently weaving 1160 ends/19” wide. She worked on a black 20/2 cotton warp.




Patricia Mink is a Professor of Art, and head of the Fibers Area in the Dept of Art & Design at East Tennessee State University. Her award-winning work has been included in national and international exhibitions, including Fiberart International, Quilt National, Form not Function, Visions, Art Quilt Elements, and The Artist as Quiltmaker. Her work has appeared in Surface Design, Fiberarts magazine, major exhibition catalogues, and Fiberarts Design Book 7.  Patricia is one of 22 artists featured in the documentary “Soul’s Journey: Inside the Creative Process”.

Specializing in digital textile applications, her current research includes combining traditional forms and techniques with innovative applications and contemporary art practices. Patricia is a recipient of 2 major Research and Developments grants from ETSU, an ETSU Arts & Sciences Summer Research Fellowship, and an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Tennessee Arts Commission.