The coiled fiber process I use to create my pieces is as old as the stories they tell. Coiling is an ancient technique, intertwined with humans’ enduring connection to nature — its earliest known use was the construction of vessels from gathered plant materials.
Each piece begins with symbols and stories — creation stories, legends of great floods, tales of journeys and quests, parables of good and evil. Mythology and art have been interwoven for as long as there have been humans on earth, and my work often explores this connection through animal symbolism.
I draw each piece and choose thread colors before I begin construction. Then I work directly from the drawing, which includes color numbers for reference
My pieces are often complex, but the technique is simple, requiring only a threaded needle. I work with various gauges of coated wire and with cotton and linen threads. The forms are built up slowly, stitch by stitch and row by row. The process is coiling, a basketry technique so ancient that no one is exactly certain when it first began. Though it is traditionally used to make vessels, I construct a myriad of coiled forms, including staffs, shrines, wall pieces and books.
Ahuja Medical Center/University Hospitals, Cleveland, OH
Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
Art Museum, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Denver Art Museum, CO
de Young Museum/Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA
Erie Art Museum, PA
Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, NC
Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI
Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
Szombatheli Keptar, Szombathely, Hungary
US Embassy, Mbabane, Swaziland, Art in Embassies, US Department of State