The History of Generative Art


A View from the McCarl Coverlet Gallery's Technological Textiles Exhibit

Intro Labe;
View from Technological Textiles Exhibit

View from Technoligical Textiles Exhibit

Drawloom in the McCarl Coverlet Gallery

Modified drawloom in the McCarl Gallery

Early Figured and Fancy Coverlets
Double Weave Coverlet from Ohio, woven by unknown artist in 1833

Double Weave Coverlet from Ohio, woven by unknown artist in 1833

Geometric Patterns and Designs
Weaving Shed

Figure 1Textile Center of Excellence,"Weaving Process," Textile Innovation Knowledge Platform, 2019. accessed 12/18/2019

After 1836 in the Unites States, three different looms produced “figured and fancy” coverlets; the drawloom, the barrel loom, and the Jacquard attachment. The fundamental difference in these systems was the way in which the warp cords were raised in order to form a shed.  The shed is formed by separating the warp yarns into two layers to form a tunnel for the weaver to through the shuttle through and create the weft or woven part of the fabric. See figure 1. When using the drawloom, the drawgirl/boy manually chooses the cords to raise. The barrel loom uses a cylinder with pegs to raise the warp ends and create the pattern. In the Jacquard attachment, punched cards activate the threads or cords raised to form the shed.

The History of Generative Art