Bold graphic line, zig zag stripes and scalloped selvedges are striking characteristics of
wedge weave. Instead of weaving perpendicular to the warp, as is usual for tapestry,
wedge weave is an eccentric weaving technique where the wefts are woven at an angle
to the warp. In wedge weave the patterned design and weaving structure are
inextricably connected and create dynamic, graphic patterning.
In her presentation Deborah will discuss the brief time when some Navajo weavers
experimented with this “rouge” technique and its current renaissance by contemporary
weavers. Setting the background, she will show images of different styles of Navajo
wedge weaves and analyze the variations of the technique, the challenges, and the
exciting graphic possibilities. The talk will then look at her own development and 20-
year exploration of the technique. It concludes with many other stunning images and
possibilities of contemporary wedge weave as interpreted by a new generation of
Deborah Corsini has a lifelong
passionate interest in the study of textiles, textile cultures and the making of textile art. A weaver for over 50 years she is a studio artist exhibiting her works nationally. Her work is in
private, corporate, museum and US Embassy
collections. She holds a Masters in Textiles from San Francisco State University and a B.F.A. from California College of Arts (and Crafts.) She has taught weaving and tapestry at City College of San Francisco and workshops in various textile techniques such as
tablet weaving and wedge weave at the Richmond Art Center, the Mendocino Art Center, and the Conference of Northern CA Handweavers.
Deborah has been lucky to have had two
textile related careers. As the former Creative Director of P &B Textiles and a textile designer she honed her sense of color and design and appreciation of
patterns both printed and woven. As the former curator of the San Jose Museum of
Quilts & Textiles she gained a deeper respect and appreciation for the history of quilts
and the ever-evolving contemporary fiber art scene. She is active in the community and
continues her studio practice in Pacifica, CA.