#467, Red Night Sky
silk, linen, digital jacquard, hand woven TC2 loom, painted warp, shifted weft ikat
60" x 57.5"
(b. 1954 – Pittsburgh, PA) Designed on a computer and woven by hand, Janice Lessman-Moss’ works intersect new and ancient technologies both in design and construction. Using a digital jacquard loom—in which the weft is in the direct control of the artist while the warp is managed by a digital interface—Lessman-Moss creates intricately detailed weavings that are reliant on both hand labor and pre-programmed formulas. In this piece, ikat-dyed threads further add complexity to the designs, forging serendipitous patterns within otherwise mathematically configured forms.
Lessman-Moss received an MFA from the University of Michigan, and a BFA from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. Her work has been shown widely throughout the US and abroad, including at the Museum of Fine Art and Culture, Las Cruces, NM, Galeria Willa, Lodz, Poland, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, and the William Busta Gallery, Cleveland, OH. Lessman-Moss is Professor of Textile Arts at Kent State University.