CONNIE LIPPERT

 

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 it.

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 friend’s 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.

Photo credit: Tim Barnwell