MICHAEL F. ROHDE
Handwoven tapestry has often been pushed to the limits of the capabilities of the medium, in an effort to approach photo realism. My approach is to recognize the grid imposed by the loom. For me, this leads to an examination of what tare the minimum bits of information that can suggest a recognizable image. For this group of tapestries, I have used photos of faces, some recognizable, some not, and reduced the image to 20 pixels wide. This produces the weaving plan, from which I again approximate colors for each pixel and then weave, row by row, a set of squares to generate an abstracted face.