Artist Statement

I am a textile craftsman. 

I have been drawn to textile craft for as long as I can remember; before I knew anything of the art and craft world, before I learned about the honor and skill required to call oneself a craftsman, before building a mutual respect for the materials and the process.  Working with and learning all these things only enlivened my passion more.

 

For me, making isn’t about a grandiose statement representing the perceived political climate or environmental calamity or religious persecutions.  It is about finding peace in a process after a long day living in a world comprised of such insanity.

I long for that escape as a maker.  I strive to create beautiful and captivating pieces that can provide such an escape for the viewers and wearers of my work.  To enable someone to step back from the hostility they face on a daily basis and become immersed in something as simple, and pleasing, as an aesthetically beautiful, finely crafted, functional piece of art. 

I work primarily as a handweaver making both fine woven wearables and texturally saturated wall pieces.  All of my work focuses on the interaction of vibrant colors to create striking statement pieces.  My scarves and ties are all comprised of cotton, bamboo rayon, and tencel to ensure a soft product with beautiful drape.  My wall pieces are a mixture of any fibrous materials I can gather within the desired color range: cotton, fleece, felt, twine, tule, acrylic, burlap, and others.  This vast array of materials allows me to create pieces that are immersed in texture creating both a visual and tactile exploration for the viewer. 

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