As I shared last week, I am in a four person show at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts in Hamilton, Ohio.
This show, called fiber, is a creative exploration of what is fiber and color, and furthermore, what do four very different approaches to fiber and color look like together?
I decided that while many of you won’t be able to see the show, I can bring the show to you.
Today, I’d like to share Dorothy McGuinness’s work. As residents of the northwest, Dorothy and I have previously shown our work together in the Bellevue Arts Museum’s Biennial High Fiber Diet. Dorothy’s work is beautiful, complex, and unusual–every time I see her work, I am amazed at the twists and turns of the shapes. How does she do that?
After 27 years of exploring the woven form, I have mastered the art of diagonal twill, with which I create forms and structures not normally found in the basketry world.
Approaching my work as a puzzle drives me to discover new shapes and weaving innovations. I often think, “How will it work out if I try this, or how can I get this shape or pattern combination? What if I use these colors in this combination in this order? What if…”
Using hundreds of strips of paper at a time, I explore new structural forms: multiple woven units, asymmetrical corners, weaving opposite corners together, multiple-stepped corners in tandem that add structure to the work.
If you would like to experience more of these beautifully colored, exotically shaped weavings, you can by visiting Dorothy’s website.
Tomorrow, the wildly imaginative work of Christine Sauer.