Inspired by his country’s use of rich color, Mexican artist Gabriel Dawe crafts large-scale installations made out of Gütermann thread. Artfully weaving different colors into each other, the threads are affixed onto a wooden frame to create a mysterious 3-D or rainbow effect.
In 1995 artists Christo and Jean Claude used 808 miles of Gütermann thread for covering up the Reichstag building in Berlin with fabric.
From Gabriel Dawe’s biography:
In search for creative freedom he started experimenting and creating artwork, which eventually led him to explore textiles and embroidery – activities traditionally associated with women and which were forbidden for a body growing up in Mexico. Because of this, his work is subversive of notions of masculinity and machismo that are so ingrained in his culture. By working with thread and textiles, Dawe’s work has evolved into creating large-scale installations, creating environments that deal with notions of social constructions and their relation to evolutionary theory and the self-organizing force of nature.