* Image left: #465 Only Passing Through: Ruby, ©12/17, 61.5×58”, silk, linen, digital jacquard, hand woven TC2 loom, painted warp, shifted weft ikat
Rhythms and Rotations
Janice Lessman-Moss is currently a Professor and Head of the program in Textile Art at Kent State University. She received her BFA from the Tyler School of Art and her MFA from the University of Michigan. Since 1981, she has actively exhibited her woven art work throughout the United States and internationally, including solo exhibitions at the Galleria Willa in Lodz, Poland, the Museum of Fine Art and Culture in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and at the Kent State University Museum.
Woven on single threaded looms and jacquards power looms, her compositions evolve from a template of simple geometric shapes that then have been sub-divided into smaller units using a computer to generate her ideas. Through a sequence of improvised selection, new configurations are revealed, that in turn, form the foundation for successive layers of patterns.
“Pattern, as an abstract system, is a source for meaning in my work. With roots in nature, culture, and process, networks of motifs provide beauty, function, and a platform for poetic association.”