Joanna Rogers #38 Save Our Souls
By Joanna Rogers
Pender Island, BC
|Dimensions||72 × 18 in|
Handwoven, hand-dyed mercerized cotton
I used a traditional Summer and Winter block pattern to weave the message "Save Our Souls" in morse code. I dyed the warp and weft threads with natural dyes (madder, cochineal, brazilwood, logwood, chestnut, pomegranate, myrobalan, cutch, walnut, marigold). The message can be read both vertically and horizontally and is picked out in the pink/orange/burgundy blocks. I am fascinated by non-verbal, antiquated modes of communication like morse code and semaphore. I love the slow, haptic nature of hand dying and hand weaving. The message in this piece silently screams the fate of our endangered species.