Hannah's ‘Ammonite Shadow’ series is inspired by the sculptural qualities of Ammonite fossils. The pleated forms spiral and curve, creating contemporary textile fossils. Different lighting conditions transform the sculptures, amplifying their structure. As sunlight moves across them, it casts a series of changing shadows throughout the day. Directional artificial light creates dramatic shadows, extending the silhouettes and creating crisp graphic outlines.
As the woven patterns follow the undulating contours, distinctive markings appear, akin to the patterns found on the surface of shells. The monochrome tones of Ammonite Shadow: Acanthoceratidae Swirl draws influences from the illustrations of 19th Century geology artists, such as Ernst Haeckel, who captured the sculptural qualities of Ammonite in exquisite detail.
The interplay between structure and material, form and light, is central to Hannah White's practice. Her sculptures evolve through a process of manipulating her bespoke woven fabrics into organic forms, allowing the qualities of the cloth to influence their shapes.
Hannah's artworks aim to connect the viewer with the sensory qualities of materials through exploring the visual transitions created by the impact of light upon her textile forms. By drawing the onlooker in to look closer at her intricate sculptures, Hannah's work encourages a greater connection with the materials that surround us.
Hannah White (b.1976) holds a 1st Class (Hons) Degree in Textiles Design (1998, NTU), an MA Design for Textiles Futures (2001, Central Saint Martins) and a Doctorate in Textiles (2019, Royal College of Art). Her award-winning work has been featured in various exhibitions including Collect International Art Fair for Contemporary Craft and Design, The Royal Society of Arts and The Lace Museum in Calais, France.