Australian sister duo Lauren and Kass Hernandez create large-scale, handwoven fiber art inspired by Mother Nature and their surrounding landscape. Together known as Crossing Threads, their highly textural wall hangings are a visualization of their “dual personalities and contrasting abilities.” Each piece is crafted by intertwining sustainable and up-cycled materials, aiming to represent “the innate connection that we are all threads which make up the tapestry of life.”
Crossing Threads originally began in 2015 as a passion project, but soon evolved into a successful brand that celebrates the revival of all things handmade. The sisters describe their work as, “Raw, abundant, and natural.” Each wall hanging is made using a variety of native materials including Australian Merino wool, plant-based fibers, and roping, alongside non-traditional found items such as seashells, clay beads, and beach pebbles. Developing their own “interknot” technique, their woven artworks are created by hand-knotting the fiber into chains of varying texture and thickness, then weaving them through the warp threads.
Using natural tones as their color palette, many of the Crossing Threads wall hangings look like sandy shorelines and hilly dune formations. Flashes of shimmering seashells and beads glimmer through the fabric, adding extra beach-like textures. Other pieces contrast marine blue fiber against white, creating bubbling and crashing wave-like patterns. Many of the warp yarns are left as loose fringes at the bottom of the pieces, suggesting the fluid movements of when ocean tides meet the sand. The creative duo reveals on Instagram, “When we weave, we let our emotion drive our creative process. To express outwardly through fiber has helped us grow spiritually and together as sisters.”