I work in both woven fiber art and kiln formed
glass. I learned to weave as an apprentice to a weaver in Denmark
in 1970, and continued after my return home. I took many classes
in the Washington area and attended Haystack School of Craft. My
weavings developed into an exploration of the technique of warp
face weave, with many layers of fine rayon dyed in color progressions.
In 1999 I took a workshop in fused glass and was immediately fascinated
by the process. It was for me yet another way to work with color,
shine, pattern and texture. The designs developed in the weaving
have greatly influenced my glass, and I now find that the glass
in turn is influencing my weaving. During the past year I have been
exploring a technique of capturing bubbles between layers of glass
using a grid of glass stringers - a "weaving" that produces
texture in the glass.
The two major influences on my work are Scandinavian
design and the Washington Color School painters. While I was growing
up my father ran stores that imported Scandinavian furniture (and
textiles and glass) and Scandinavian design magazines were around
the house. Also growing up outside of Washington DC I was aware
of the Washington Color School painters, and remember seeing shows
of their work that made a great impression on me. Color, especially
color that moves and changes, has always been my primary interest.