I Ching Series

For over three thousand years, the I Ching has been China's most important book of divination. Embraced by the West during the last fifty years, it is known as the Book of Changes and is consulted as a source of ancient wisdom. The literal meaning of Ching is Tao or Truth. It is held that the Truth of Heaven is also the Truth of humanity; the I Ching is the earliest book approaching this unity of Heaven and humanity.

There are 64 hexagrams or gua, each represented by six parallel lines called yao in Chinese; these are divided into two trigrams—yin yao (broken) and yang yao (continuous). The first 30 gua, the Upper Canon, represent the yang aspect of natural phenomena: the masculine, the firm, strong, odd numbers, active things, the sunny side of the mountain. The remaining 34 hexagrams, known as the Lower Canon symbolize yin: the feminine, yielding, weak, even numbers, passivity, the mountain's shaded side.

I Ching Interpretation combine the Japanese art of Sakizome with warp painting and double weave—two pieces of fabric woven simultaneously. Using a weaving pickup method, layers of threads are exchanged, the ideogram panel and hexagram below warp painted onto only one of the layers.

There are 64 hexagrams, 64 ideographs to the I Ching. All of the images are available by special order individually.



gua—Chinese • English Translations
upper trigram—Chinese • English Translations
lower trigram—Chinese • English Translations



Qian • Initiating
Qian • Heaven
Qian • Heaven
Kun • Responding
Kun • Earth
Kun • Earth
Zhun • Beginning
Kan • Cloud
Zhen • Thunder
Meng • Childhood
Gen • Mountain
Kan • Stream




Xü • Needing
Kan • Cloud
Qian • Heaven
Song • Contention
Qian • Heaven
Kan • Water
Shi • Needing
Kun • Earth
Kan • Water
Bi • Union
Kan • Water
Kun • Earth






Xiao Xü • Little Accumulation
Xun • Wind
Qian • Heaven
Lü • Fulfillment
Qian • Heaven
Dui • Lake
Tai • Advance
Kun • Earth
Qian • Heaven
Pi • Hindrance
Qian • Heaven
Kun • Earth






Da You • Great Harvest
Li • Fire
Qian • Heaven
Yü • Delight
Zhen • Thunder
Kun • Earth
Sui • Following
Dui • Lake
Zhen • Thunder
Bo • Falling Away
Gen • Mountain
Kun • Earth
Fu • Turning Back
Kun • Earth
Zhen • Thunder
12" x 12"
Da Xü • Great Accumulation
Gen • Mountain
Qian • Heaven
12" x 12"
Kan • Darkness
Kan • Water
Kan • Water
12" x 12"
Li • Brightness
Li • Fire
Li • Fire
12" x 12"



Woven interpretations are combined with copper, either handwoven 26 gauge copper wire or plates, plain and patinaed, using chemical "etchings".

My depiction of the ideographs, corresponding with each hexagram, are adapted from Richard Wilhelm's interpretation of the I Ching, published originally in 1950. The gua text from Taoist Master Alfred Huang was published in 1998 and incorporates Confucian interpretation of the significance of the juxtaposition of the upper and lower trigrams.




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