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Cynthia Schira

Table/Cloth
1998
linen and cotton
48 x 41 7/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist in memory of Patti Zoppetti

Since 1983 Cynthia Schira has employed a computer-assisted loom and design software to create her complex textiles. Table/Cloth is a work of art meant to be hung on a wall. It is not a woven textile used to cover a table. The weaving is the second in a three-part series, Drawing on Tradition, that expresses her interest in combining functional textiles and fine art. Table/Cloth reveals the artist's fascination with textile traditions and art forms from around the world. For example, the squares in the piece are taken from Japanese indigo fabric.