For the Love of Weaving

As I sit at my loom weaving I am entranced by the rhythm of the back and forth movement of the shuttle that trails a colorful weft. My feet push the pedals in an up and down motion, prompting the harnesses to move. I weave to create beautiful and functional fabrics that can be used by others. These weavings focus on pattern and color. My inspiration is found in the things around me ñ the different blues you see when looking out over the ocean or a lake; the bright reds, oranges, and browns you see as autumn comes and the leaves begin to fall; the brightness of a sunny spring day and the bright green of the grass and colors of the emerging flowers. These combine within the cloth and interact with one another, creating a symbiotic relationship between these intense, saturated colors that I dye. The patterns I choose for the woven structure are intended to create integrity within the fabric. I want these fabrics to withstand the test of time and their structures are designed to withstand being worn on the body. I am drawn to undulating, echo weaves that create a sense of vibration through color interaction and pattern. The moment one of my weavings comes off the loom and I can touch it, fold it, iron it, wash it ñ it becomes a piece of art that I want others to experience and be able to interact with. For this reason I focus mainly on the shawl format so the cloth can be worn and these weavings can serve a purpose by bringing joy to the lives of others.

Enwrapped In Color

Enwrapped In Color
Shawl Format Color and Pattern Interaction and Integration

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Surface Design Association Award

Received the Surface Design Association (SDA) Outstanding Student Award of 2010 for my use and love of color in my work. The future of our field - art as it relates to fiber and fabric - rests on students who choose to make this their passion!
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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

New Opportunities

Just got the word that this summer I will be teaching for the KCAI Continuing Education Program with ages 6-8 and 9-11. Very excited to start my lesson planning and figuring out new and creative projects to do with them! Finding a space to have my solo exhibition at the end of the semester and involved in the BFA show, and 'A Sense of Place'. Things are opening up for me and can't wait to see what else comes with time! Making lots of connections with local galleries and boutiques and plan on having my work up at various places in Kansas City for the rest of the time we are here:) All in all, I'm a happy clam who needs to be working on midterm papers! Thought a quick update was in order, though! :):) Also, I am posting some recent photos of the shawls I am creating for this end of semester show. I hope to have 15-20 finished pieces. Any feedback or comments would be greatly