In a series of sculptural works inspired by decades of creating textiles, Lisa Gorman has reimagined the practice of weaving. This time in a rigid material to emphasise the woven structure, like viewing a section of tartan cloth through a magnifying glass.

This collection of 21 new ‘acrylic tartans’ starts at the junction of the warp and weft, exploring how two lines of different colour extending lengthwise and crosswise intersect to become one new colour. For Gorman, the sense of tension and union deriving from the point of intersection is where the works visually and metaphorically take hold.


My curiosity with the non-negotiable creation of a new and unknown colour when weaving inspired me to create these pieces. It's an experiment I’ve witnessed often when designing woven textiles and I was interested to take it into a new medium, with the added elements of translucency and light. 

The filtration of light through layers of colour, sliced up repeatedly by the intense neon ‘threads’ are the components that form this re fabricated cloth. However, the rigidity of the acrylic is somewhat reverted back to a cloth-like state with the appearance of colourful tartan projections around the space when light hits the work.

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