Paintings and painting objects
Paintings come out of the block printing process. At least as practiced the way Miriam (with huge contributions from Hannah and River) at Dym | california textiles does.
These objects are paintings and they are textiles. What the cloth is for—whether for itself alone, or a useful function—and how the "marks" add up to something beyond, yet inclusive of, pattern determine which. Sometimes a length of cloth is both, sometimes either-or.
In the cloth here, patterns go too far, take strange turns, or (as in the first image) play between excess and unfinished.
These paintings emerge, accruals of decisions. Each strike of the block is, here, a result of the printer's decisions.
The patterns in the block prints do the same thing, though they typically stop at "enough", or where an official pattern resolves. Or when the pattern seems to hold the edges of cloth in place, a field of movement, a flag.
The format of layered, patterned cloth follows hard on the heels of single panels or objects. Whether incidental or intentional. The patterns argue, or chatter back and forth, implying the possibilities of other arrangements. Individual pieces, printed on both sides of the cloth, or sewn into an object, offer the possibility of interaction or performance.