Tapestry remains my favorite means of artistic expression. The limitations of the weaving grid are freeing, as form can be for poetry. I like to feel the creative sparks as I work my way around those limitations. It’s also a slow and meditative process. At times I use my own photographs, “tweaking” them to enhance the image and paying close attention to what I’m actually seeing instead of what I “think” I’m seeing. I also play with geometry, illusions, what I find in the natural world, or just doodle. I have been exploring different facets of tapestry, including techniques from many parts of the world, facial expression, and 3-dimensional tapestry. I hope soon to try weaving larger pieces, especially those using layered image, both as technique and as metaphor. I would also like to explore the intersection of woven image and poetry. The possibilities are endless!
I did not become truly entangled in the strands of the Fiber Arts world until I was almost 50, although I have always loved the textures of yarn running through my fingers and the interplay of colors. I learned to spin yarn in 2003 and was subsequently introduced to Spin-Off magazine. When I first saw an article about a tapestry weaver who was spinning her own weaving yarn, along with photos of her magnificent and whimsical work, I was completely entranced! Since then, I have taken many tapestry classes and workshops, plus other weaving classes.
So, how do I get my name on the list?
The mission of Midwest Fiber Arts Trails is to honor the Midwest’s rich textile heritage and celebrate and promote the work of contemporary fiber artists.