- story by MaterialDistrict
Marianne Kemp is specialized in weaving with horsehair. Marianne develops her own techniques in the weaving process. Using small bunches of horsehair, interwoven with linen or cotton, she creates exclusive fabrics in divers colours and surface textures. The horsehair is sourced from live horses overseas, mainly from the Far East, Mongolia.
In the weaving process she manipulates the bunches through knotting, curling and looping. Because the horsehair has various characteristics qualities like its shine, texture and length, each final weaving demonstrates an individual and exciting design. Shiny and smooth – organic and wild – flexible and stiff. Also, the way the light falls on the weaving, plays an important role in the process to the final product. Each piece of work has it’s own unique character through the use of colours and techniques.
All weavings are made-in-house. Next to working to commission, she also makes installations for exhibitions. Woven upholstery fabric is also available as the ‘MK’ range, mechanically woven at John Boyd Textiles, UK. Marianne’s pieces are a balance between textile & contemporary art.