Speaking in Weavings
POEM AND WEAVINGS BY FRANCESCA CAPONE
PHOTOS OF WEAVINGS BY LIAM GILLIES
PHOTOS OF PLACES BY JAMES RYAN JONES
Way back in 2014, we were putting together the first issues of Knit Wit and happened to discover the work and studies of Francesca Capone. At the time, she had wrapped up her BFA in textiles from RISD and was about to complete her MFA in interdisciplinary studies at Brown, where she was exploring weaving and language, both in writing and in-studio. Someone who loves and explores both the written word and textiles? Yeah, we were into it. So into it, that we ran a portion of her dissertation in that first issue and have generally delighted in watching her evolve and expand as an artist and thinker over these past years.
Today, we’re welcoming her back with a written piece and some examples of her woven work as well: a poem and body of work titled “Think of Seashells,” which are both found in her publication Woven Places and recently showed at Nationale in Portland. Enjoy!
“Woven Places is an inquiry into sense of place through location-based weavings, photos and ephemera. A series of 21 weavings created on small frame looms, in between August 2017 and June 2018, in locations spanning the Pacific Northwest Region, the British Virgin Islands, and Nicaragua. Each weaving was created on site, and was started and completed within the same day. Informed by the environment, the weavings often utilize materials found on site. These studies are an exercise in using weaving as a method of recording place and time. The photographs and ephemera help to illustrate the feeling of each place and time, as a means to contextualize the work that was made there and in that moment.”