My tapestries are woven in wedge
weave using yarns hand-dyed with natural materials.
Wedge weave is a tapestry weave originated
by the Navajo around 1870 and practiced by them for two or three
decades. In contrast to most weaving which is woven horizontally
on the loom, wedge weave is woven on the diagonal which gives
it its characteristic scalloped edge. This trait, which I find
intriguing, is thought to be one of the reasons the Navajo abandoned
The colors in my palette are created
with natural dyes mainly indigo, madder, goldenrod, cochineal,
and black walnut. As a result, I have become aware of the rich
local history of indigo, once considered blue gold in the state
of South Carolina, where I live. All my yarns are hand-dyed
using indigo leaves from my garden, goldenrod gathered in the
fall, black walnut hulls from a friends tree, and other
commercially available natural dyes.
My work celebrates nature and the
spirit that reveres the natural world. My message is one of
environmental respect and protection.