Handwoven reconstruction of a linen canvas from the XVI th century
A weaver Helena Loermans and a painter, art historian Marta Pokojowczyk, working together as Hempweavers, have recreated the XVI th century linen canvas on which El Greco painted 'The Burial of the Count of Orgaz'.
Hempweavers is a project set up by these two people, who are passionate about the use of linen and hemp yarns in the production of canvases. It has developed since 2014 when Marta attended Helena’s Handwoven Textiles Atelier in Portugal under the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Programme.
The weaving of these unique, composed textured, canvases is produced by Helena and Marta on hand looms using European natural coloured hemp and linen yarn. The outcome is a material upon which paint can be applied.
|Angela Nobre 'Pintura namora tecelagem', Revista Mais Alentejo, Ago/Set 2016, p. 90-92|
|An offcial presentation in Igreja de Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Odemira|
Presentation of the canvas to the President of the local Government of Odemira, José Alberto Guerreiro
|...'where El Greco knocked on the door'....|
|Marta Pokojowczyk , explanation of the weaving, connecting technology and craft, to the president of the local Government of Odemira Jose Alberto Guerreiro, Councilwomen Deolinda Seno Luís and participants of the Symposium 'Ignorancia and Esquecimento'|
|El Greco 'The Burial of the Count of Orgaz'|
|warp: linen 16/1, 10 threads/1cm; weft: linen, handspun linen, 9-10 threads/1cm|
|Source of a technical drawing: a thesis by Thais Rhodés Sarrablo 'El Soporte de tela en la Pintura Europea de los siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII', 2012|
Canvas is woven by Marta Pokojowczyk in 'Helena Loermans Handwoven Textiles' Atelier in Odemira, Portugal.
|an oak and mahogany wood|
Interferences by Marta Pokojowczyk; mixed technique on handwoven 'mantelillo veneziano' linen canvas.
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