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Cotton, Cashmere

Cotton, Tencel, Linen

Cotton, Recycled Silk

Cotton, Cashmere

Some samples get a new life as lovely wall hangings. In addition to my bookmarks, these will also be on sale during MICA’s Annual Art Market.  December 9-12, 10am to 6pm in the Brown Center.

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Personal Scriptures (Prayer Cloths), Cotton, Tencel, Bamboo, and Linen, 2009



Handwoven cloth: Pickup with Twill
An exploration of religious meditation and personal symbolic referencing through folk-based storytelling. Considers the magical quality of objects in the act of creation and the power of faith in placing importance on objects.

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Shrine (2009) Digital Photograph: Woven Cloth, Found Objects

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Suplementary weft: to add in weft separate from or in addition to the given weft. As you can see, in the weaving above I have alternately supplemented the weft of the tabby (far right), the actual weave structure, both simutaneously (the middle section), and in place of the weft (the bright green to the left of the photograph is woven without interruption of the regular weft, forcing the regular shots of plain weave to curve slightly around the shape after I completed the shape and resume regular shots of plain weave…easier done than said). This sample is for a much larger piece that I’m hoping to complete, the proposal for which was e-mailed out earlier this evening. So, more details to come. For now, enjoy the layers of color, pattern, and structural interruptions:

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Front and Back View

Front and Back View

Detail- Apron Pockets

Detail- Apron Pockets

Detail- Handwoven Belt and Apron Attached by Buttons

Detail- Handwoven Belt and Apron Attached by Buttons

More about this costume here.

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Maine Afternoon

Approx. 5" x 15" - Bamboo, Tencel, Cotton, Handspun Wool

Maine Afternoon 2

Maine Afternoon 3

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I never got around to posting a nice photograph of my unwrinkled weaving final, so here it is. Initially, I was not pleased with how this piece came out, but more and more, as I’ve looked at it without the projection, and run it through my hands, I have come to accept it and call it beautiful. There isn’t a thing I would change about it–if only I could find a way to have everyone on the internet touch it. If I’ve learned one thing through the process of creating this cloth, it’s just how important and powerful the sense of touch is to this craft.

Memory Cloth, 2009, Tencel and Bamboo, 14" x 29"

Memory Cloth, 2009, Tencel and Bamboo, 14" x 29"

I submitted this piece, along with two others, to the Fiberarts Magazine call for student entries. Below is the statement that accompanied my submission, and I think it does a good job of summing up the nature of my work and why I create in this way:

My work is an opportunity to tell stories through experimentation in variations of color and pattern to create imagery and impressions of memory.  I see weaving as a way to evoke the essence of my stories in tactile narratives with a focus on cultural and personal folklore. For me, I see importance in the cultural and historical relevance of handmade cloth, with each piece acting as a public heirloom upon which personal memories may be projected.

To see more of the work in my portfolio, please visit my flickr account.

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