Primary Medium Glass
Description of Work Glass blowing, Weaving, and Fiber Arts
Artist Statement Weaving allows me to push the boundaries of working with material. As a fiber artist, I am inspired by the diversity of textures, colors, and forms that can be created on and off the loom. Weaving is a way to attain a tactile and visual texture that appeals with my Appalachian environment. Working with weaving in a sculptural manner harnesses many discoveries and challenges. I am most inspired by the different ways to solve structure and material capabilities. While in my environment, I question the abstruse textures and forms that I find, and envision new explorations with cloth. The structures and textures of seeds and seed-pods are intriguing, and challenge the way to utilize yarns and materials. I narrow down the characteristics that define each seed, then research a process that can accommodate each work. From an inspiration and a yarn, the enduring process of weaving begins. I count each yarn, divide each yarn, putting every one to a pattern, and systematically latticing the threads to form my cloth. I often dye or spin my own yarns to weave with so that I can utilize colors and textures that represent the natural tactile or visual texture of each seed. I also use metal while weaving some of my fabrics to give it a moldable memory. Once removing it from the loom, the woven fabric is cut and formed using sculpture wire as a skeleton. The fabric is pieced around the structure with hand stitching. By varying the process with every artwork, I am able to cultivate the characteristics of each unique seed. My work requires patience and persistence, like the growth and endurance of nature. Weaving influences me to keep discovering and looking for infinite possibilities in the smallest of places. With this body of work, take some time to look closer, feel the rhythm, let time stand still, and explore the surroundings.