I started out in 1989 taking classes in basket weaving. A couple years later I was teaching it. In the Shaker basket workshop where I made this little cat’s head basket, I learned about the ‘art’ of weaving. Before then, baskets seemed just utilitarian vessels to me. Making them wasn’t really art and I wasn’t really an artist. With this little basket I began to consider, seriously, that I was involved in art.
Life has a way of going on and somewhere between raising kids and working as a bookkeeper and office manager, and taking religious vows – yes, I am a full-fledged card-carrying nun – my art got lost. Or maybe it lost me. Anyway, it got tucked away in the closet where it stayed until I retired in 2011. Just now, in 2014 I am re-finding my art or maybe it’s re-finding me.
Full circle. I started out in basket weaving and now I’m finding my self in weaving on a loom. And the weaving is propelling me into layered fabric art as well. Who knows what other art forms will open up to me along the way. I say, ‘Bring it on!’