Stripe Reliquary-Turquoise

Dyed Baltic birch plywood, hand dyed handwoven cotton, glass
17.5″x 48″x 19″
Photographed by Joe Mendoza

This is one of my very first tables in which fabric and wood were combined. It was in my thesis show for my MFA. I made four tables of similar design, with slight variations and called them “Stripe Reliquaries.” This one is “Stripe Reliquary – Turquoise.” There are also blue, red, and green versions. Just as a religious reliquary might house and display a relic from a saint, the interior space of the table is used to house and display the striped handmade fabric that I considered to be the relic. I wanted to present a normally mundane element in our lives, the fabric, as a precious thing to be noticed and appreciated.

Stripe Reliquary-Turquoise has a thin gap in each end through which the fabric emerges from the table and puddles on the floor – a very textile-esqe thing to do. The boards I used to make the table are all striped as well. I made the boards by stacking multiple layers of 3/4″ plywood together, then resawing them so the striped endgrain faces up. This is one of my most bodacious pieces and I just love it.