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. 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 in the 1800s though it
has resurfaced in recent years.
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 my home
state of South Carolina. Yarns are hand-dyed using indigo leaves
from my garden, goldenrod gathered in the fall, black walnut
hulls from a friends tree, as well as other natural dyes.
My work celebrates nature and the spirit that reveres the natural
world. My message is one of environmental respect and protection.