Scarves and Shawls
Many of my scarves use a Dornick Twill weave structure. I chose this on purpose. I look for ways to tell an Oregon story in the fabrics that I weave. The twill tells the story of the effect of the wind hitting the top of the water during the incoming tide on the Nestucca River. It creates a texture on the water very like the twill structure.
Watching the ocean has taught me another way to think about color. There are many shades of blue in the water depending on temperature and depth. This concept of depth or undertones of color has become another theme found in the fabrics that I make.
Another series of scarves which I have called “Spring Twigs”, uses an 8 harness twill to capture the texture of buds on the alder trees right before they leaf out in the Spring.
I had an opportunity to travel to Italy and instead of coming home with pictures, I came home with color ways. The scarves I wove are a record of my impressions. Milan, Stucco and Stone, Venice and Tuscan Sun are shown on this page.
Below is an image of a wine label.I partnered with Jim Seufert from Seufert Winery in Dayton, OR to create this image. I made natural dyes from the vineyard plants to create this very special series of Woven White scarves. He created a blended, or woven, white wine and used my scarf image on the label.
The color stories show best in the scarves and shawl. Things I see leave an impression. In the studio, I think of them as broad strokes of color. From one edge of the piece to the other, I find a way to blend and transition the colors.