Architectural Abstractions


I spent a research week at Fallingwater last winter.

Whilst I was there I did some little ‘architectural’ drawings, abstracting from views of the building. Below left is an internal view from the top of the third floor staircase through a niche window into the bedroom. The centre image shows the exterior of the house, with the overhead beams that run from the house into the rock cliff to form a portico. And on the right is a view along the front of the guest house towards the pool.

They are simple drawings, with the perspective at times flattened. But I like the clean geometry and the play of the shapes and colour.


Back in the studio I have been re-interpreting the drawings into yarn - picking a line across the paper and following it in a stripe winding. The more accurate you are in colour and proportion the more interesting the winding is. They would make lovey stripe weaves,

But I am most excited about the deconstructed drawings - made here into a sort of architectural puzzle of shapes and colours.

Very satisfying.

Eleanor Pritchard