Permutations was initially inspired by looking at the way a warp is threaded on a loom and considering the possibilities for ordering a small group of four warp threads. Using ideas of permutations and combinations, a set of 72 small-scale patterns were developed. These were then selected and ordered in different ways to create a series of more complex designs. These designs have been scaled up and handwoven in silk using a doublecloth structure.
Theo Wright is a weaver and textile designer based in Coventry, UK. Originally trained as a computer scientist, he worked for many years in software development and technology research. He subsequently retrained as a weaver, graduating from University College Falmouth in 2011, and now designs geometric textiles that explore pattern, contrast and colour. In 2014, Theo was a participant in the Crafts Council’s Hothouse maker development programme and started to make larger non-functional textile works.
Permutations is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.