Jess Osserman



Table/cloth is a sculpture which troubles the gendered roles in craft practise by literally weaving the dining table into the linen table cloth. It was created on a rigid heddle floor loom. The table/cloth alternates between traditional overshot pattern and finely finished cherry wood, allowing the patterns to breakdown over the course of the weaving. The intention in this work is to question the binary roles of women’s/men’s work, exploring strength vs flexibility, soft vs hard, wood vs textile. Using these visual cues, Table/cloth troubles the gendered identities of objects in the domestic sphere.