The Weaving: Artwork Consumes Waste Materials


Angela Guest

The Weaving is a processual, impulsive, lifelong work with no set out design. I add to it when I can and with whatever fabric I can get my hands on, from friends and from myself. An addition to contemporary textile work, it is experimental and expressive, lacking any sense of tradition or control. With my roots as a painter, I attempt to treat fabric like paint; a strip of fabric is not too different from a stroke of paint, and an oil painting can become part of a weaving.

Through the large consumption of unwanted clothing and all the memories attached, The Weaving has evolved into a looping, folding monster and odd character in my life. It is adaptable. Wherever it goes it shape shifts to its setting and finds a home there. Splayed on my apartment floor, draped over a wall divider at the IAMI Showcase, placed on hooks in the capstone classroom, and nailed to the wall everywhere else. The goal is for The Weaving to get shown in as many settings as possible so that the public can keep track of its progress in size, in complexity, and in accumulation of memory.

weave monster better

How you’re seeing The Weaving now is only a step in its life, it is a project in flux with the potential to keep growing even after my death.


Angela is a oil painter living and working in Chicago, IL and is studying art with minors in Anthropology and Art History at DePaul University. She is a gallery monitor at DePaul Art Museum, an intern at Defibrillator Gallery, and the student curator at the DePaul Art Department for the 2015-2016 school year.

Angela has shown her work three times in the DePaul annual group show, IAMI, and has also had the honor to show two of her paintings in a 2015 juried show, hosted by the University Club of Chicago. Her work has recently been published in the 35th and 36th edition of Crook & Folly.

Photos by Angela Guest.

1 Comment

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One response to “The Weaving: Artwork Consumes Waste Materials

  1. I really enjoy seeing a piece of work so flexible to context. What a great idea, presenting it differently each time to bring a new visualization.

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