The Textiles & Illustrations of Hannah Waldron
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The work of Hannah Waldron drifts beautifully and naturally between drawing and weaving. I am always intrigued when an artist is able to do this so seamlessly – crossing over between mediums while maintaining a distinctive style.
Hannah Waldron’s work is rooted in storytelling, specifically the mapping of experience. She uses her illustrations and textiles as a way to explore place and memory. Upon learning this, I grew to enjoy her work even more – it gave me a new curiosity about the way she composes her images and textiles.
Much of her work is arranged in a grid-like composition, built up using basic shapes, and mark-making. Some of her pieces are easily decipherable as a place, but some are a bit more mysterious. She creates layers moving up the page or textile, where our eyes slowly wander upwards, working to figure out the forms and landmarks depicted. Though geometric, her illustrations feel weightless; shapes are created with numerous marks and lines, some overlapping one another, while other spaces are left open. To me, this weightlessness feels like a connection to the ethereal quality of memory, one of the major themes in her work.
Though visually a little bit different, Hannah Waldron’s weavings and textiles are still rooted in storytelling and mapping. Her shapes become more concrete, and her colors more bold. I specifically like the way she experiments with vertical layering. Some of her weavings are very long, making room for many levels – each level possibly representing a different place or time in a story. Waldron’s larger textiles explore this further by using a spiral form as the layer structure.
Below is a collection of interior images that relate to Hannah Waldron’s use of color, line, and pattern.
And finally, here are a few Scott Group patterns that also exhibit a similar aesthetic to that of Hannah Waldron.