For ‘Standard Incomparable’ Helen Mirra put out a call to weavers (of all ages and experience) from any continent – asking them to contribute pieces, made according to the same, simple parameters:
“The finished piece is more or less a square – the approximate measurement of the weaver’s arm. The warp threads can be of any sort, and may or may not be visible, the weft is undyed yarn of plant and/or animal fibre, from the region, in seven alternating stripes, each the width of the weaver’s hand (including the thumb), in two shades, materials, or weights. The difference between the two alternating stripes can be strong or subtle.”
Weavings came in from across the world – and the result is a collection of 75, of which we have selected 9 to show alongside 2 of Mirra’s own works, also woven.
The collection was shown at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, US (2016), and Kunst Meran, IT (2017), and will be at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, US later this year.