2010 Bridges Conference

# Marien Metz

## Statement

Let me present myself: I am a weaver, interested in weaving repetitive patterns. For me weaving is characterized by patterns in lines, blocks and repeating forms which are composed by the use of (different) colors and special weaving-techniques. I like to compose and than discover how the composition works out (material, technique, color). Furthermore I am a teacher and I work in commission. I always thought my woven products must enable everyone to use in and around the house. Than a good friend, Roland de Jong Orlando, told me my work has a real connection to art and especially to mathematical art. To work with that idea for me is a very fascinating challenge! I hope you will give me the opportunity to expose in Pécs in summer. With kind regards, Marien Metz

## Artworks

My artwork on the loom: I used several colours in blue shades in the warp, inspired by the art of Victor Vasarely. Material: mercerized cotton 34/2 (Venne Colcoton) 16 threads/cm
In the several examples made with help of a pc program the warp-threads are all threaded in the same way, built on the numbers of Fibonacci. So I used the numbers 0,1,1,2,3,5,8 and the sum of the following numbers, (13) 4, (21) 3, (34) 7, (55=10) 1, (89=17) 8, (144) 9 ; than I repeated all this numbers to get two rapports. The reason of threading in this way is because I have 30 shafts and for a 2/1 twill I need 3 shafts for each number. So my highest number is 9 (0 – 9). I made 8 examples (numbered 1 – 8).
The technique I use in this artwork is a block twill (2/1) woven on 30 shafts. I' am fascinated by the work of Fibonacci which is to be noticed in my artwork. This for me is the link with mathematics. In the examples the warp-threads are all threaded in the same way, built on the numbers of Fibonacci. I repeated the numbers to get two rapports. I made 8 examples (numbered 1 – 8): Four pairs of the examples are each treadled in the same way 1 and 5, 2 and 6, 3 and 7, 4 and 8. An other difference is made between the examples 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, 6, 7, 8 . The difference lies in the fact how the shafts are tied up.