"I no longer fight the feeling of entering my studio to “reinvent the wheel”. Reinvention happens all the time with new ideas both physical and mental."
|Drawn to the Center|
What theme or ideas are reoccurring in your work?
My work is a partnership and opportunity for me between my materials and the woven organic forms created.
At San Diego State University, in 1971, Joan Austin was beginning to show the importance of sculptural fiber. We used basic basketry and off loom techniques, to develop three dimensional ideas that were not to be functional. I was also very interested in textile design and silk screening of fabrics.
The other view was from Misti Washington, a wonderful basket weaver that shared her home and ideas on natural fibers and traditional basketry. It was the beginning for me to explore the natural materials that were so abundant in my own environment.
It was a good time to be experimenting in fiber, as the field was being developed and appreciated. After doing many, many functional baskets that were sold in stores, I was able to develop ideas towards a sculptural vision.
I no longer fight the feeling of entering my studio to “reinvent the wheel”. Reinvention happens all the time with new ideas both physical and mental.