Wonderful weave world

Dena Lawrence’s Firesun pop-up shop at 53 Rokeby Road will be open until December 24.  Picture: Andrew Ritchie        d446524
Dena Lawrence’s Firesun pop-up shop at 53 Rokeby Road will be open until December 24. Picture: Andrew Ritchie        d446524

The idea to translate her abstract artworks into 100 per cent silk carpets first came to Lawrence three years ago.

�I was having some of my designs made into scarves, and the person helping me said: �Why don�t you make them into rugs instead?� and I immediately thought that was worth exploring,� the Wembley Downs resident said.

Lawrence, who founded the art therapy program at Hollywood Private Hospital, said she was taking time off treating patients for the next month to run a pop-up shop in Subiaco.

�This is the first time I�ve had a collection to put out there because the production process is so long and difficult,� she said.

�First I send through a digital image of my painting, which they make into graphs and then translate it into carpet language for the weavers.

�Each pixel has a different symbol, so the weavers have piles of pages to look at.

�In traditional carpets there are about five or eight different colours, but my carpets use about 36 colours. It takes the weavers five to six months to weave each carpet.�

Lawrence said she travelled to Kashmir at least three times a year.

�The weaving of these carpets is also helping keep the carpet industry alive, which has been corrupted due to the conflict there over the past many years,� she said. �Usually they get paid per square foot, but I pay them on a wage.

�It�s more stable for them, but it also means there are no shortcuts. They are so incredibly talented; have been over-awed with their work.�