HG 7283 Woven fretwork.
HG 7283 Woven fretwork.
HG 7283 Woven fretwork.
HG 7283 Woven fretwork.
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HG 7283 Woven fretwork.

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HG 7283 Woven fretwork.
This original textile working drawing is painted on 400gramm card.
The landscape artwork external measurement is;
20” (51cm) wide x 14 ¼”" (36.5cm) high and has internal measurements;
14"(35.5cm) wide x 10" (25.5cm) high

The art is symmetrical with its shorter side edges and 3" from the bottom long landscape edge and 1 1/2" from the top.

This contemporary gouache 'fret' artwork featuring a three coloured ombre stripe ground with a vertical mock fretwork pattern in a light coloured weft was drawn up at H. Pratt based in the Ralli Building in Salford, Manchester, England in the 1970's.
The company was a prominent Jacquard woven fabric design house that supplied design services to weavers. Their ‘behind the scenes’ work was on behalf of weaving Mills around the World transforming selected artwork into technical weaves on point papers. The technical point papers were then read to make perforated loom punch card which the end clients Jacquard machine 'read' to create the pattern in fabric or carpet.

In an age before CAD, H. Pratt employed in house artists and jacquard design technicians. Their artists each had a specific hand/style and used traditional methods to paint scaled drawings to the clients brief. H. Pratt also sourced other art from selective free-lance artists. It is rare to see any of these creatives sign their work, a common practice in industry. We know the internal sketch/art was no 4735 but do not know who the artist name for this work or if the pencil notes were theirs or most likely the weave technician who set out the dimensions and how the fabric was constructed

However, we do know that this original artwork was purchased by Herbert Green who were weavers in nearby Silsden, which at the time was still the UK's hotbed of jacquard weaving factories.
You will find technicians pencil lines marking the design repeat on the artwork.
Herbert Greens production number is listed -ref des 7283 at the foot of the artwork along with the sketch number 4733-6”.
The jacquard machine at Herbert Green at this time had 600 pattern hooks with a thread tie of 100 warp ends per inch.. The artwork suggests that a boucle or slub weft could be used to create a textured dimension. This was usually achieved by employing two level wefts for every slub or boucle weft....called Pick, pick and pick (a 3 weft repeat sequence!)
All interesting history to go with a unique piece of Art.


Richard M R Smith
June 2021