I like hand-made things and I like textile art. Besides my interest in abstract art, one reason for this is probably that my sister Christine Keller, now living and working in New Zealand, is a textile designer and weaver.
Since I like abstract art with partially irregular forms, the textiles that especially appeal to my taste are the things she creates using a combination of weaving and felting. A relatively early example of this is her “Golden Scarf“:
The woolen weft is felted after the weaving in a special washing process she developed, resulting in partially irregular patterns. Some of the materials she designed for “Handweberei im Rosenwinkel”, also employ this technique (http://www.christinekeller.net/projects/works-for-handweberei-rosenwinkel/), most prominently the award-winning “Breeze” material shown in the picture at the top of the article.
The patterns resulting from the felting process have random elements, although they can be controlled to some extend by the density of the weft and by the type of weave. The process results in very special beautiful materials. Each piece is unique.
Pictures: Christine Keller
(Sorry, Christine, if I am not using the correct technical terms, I am a layman, but an admirer of your works ;-)).