A weaver for more than forty years, Landis’ textiles mesmerize with their intricate designs. Accompanying the weavings in Color Decoded are Landis’ own sketches and plans, demonstrating the huge amount of work and knowledge that goes into achieving his desired results. The complex weavings on display show Landis experimenting with blending colors, creating evolving patterns that play with repetition and create new colors. Fascinating to behold, the textiles entrance the viewer, as they try to decipher the patterns in Landis’ work and understand his methods. As with the work of any true master, despite a glimpse into his methods, a layperson can only marvel at the end result.
Celebrating several recent acquisitions, Color Decoded: The Textiles of Richard Landis at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum offers insight into the making of six impressively complex Richard Landis weavings. A master of color theory and double-cloth weaving, Landis’ works are amazing technical feats. Double-cloth weaving uses multiple sets of warps (vertically running thread) and wefts (horizontally running thread). This produces two connected layers of cloth and allows for the resulting fabric to have two right sides (and no backside, as most fabrics do).