seven silk ties
It takes 110 silk worm cocoons to make one man’s silk tie. This installation is comprised of 770 silk moth images etched onto mulberry paper that were later cut by hand and affixed to the wall (dimensions variable).
The deep-bitten zinc etching plates, used to create the moth imagery in ‘Seven Silk Ties’, were later printed into plaster in a method first created by William Hayter; the same plates were used again, here onto a layer of Asian Chine-collé paper woven with a second layer of silver leafed paper, wrinkled after printing to create the raised texture of the wings.
The potential for recycling, and the endless iterations of printed images possible, are explored in this process-oriented piece.