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

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Summer Bound

So.. all my trunk shows, the end of semester show, the BFA show, and A Sense of Place went off swimmingly. Some of my work sold, and I am a happy camper! I walked across stage and received my fake diploma with my class as I still have just a mere 3 credit hour psychology class to complete this summer! Also going to be working for the KCAI Continuing Education Department with and Under the Sea class, and two Art and Nature Painting courses. Things are going great, my artwork is better than ever and will consistently be evolving. I will soon be a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute with a 3.5 GPA and a great sense of accomplishment and pride for making it through the past 4 years. I am one lucky girl, and it feels so wonderful to have found my niche in the world and found what I love to do.
Hello summer!

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