The native people of the Canadian and Alaskan far north, who historically used seal and walrus gut to make clothing and vessels, inspire my work with hog gut (better known as sausage casing).
While seal and walrus gut are protected by law and can be used only by indigenous people, hog gut (white and opaque when wet, but translucent and parchment-like when dry), is readily available and serves as a suitable substitute.
Needle lace (a form of embroidery used in making lace with a needle and thread) has been my lifetime focus. It has been a natural transition for me to use these familiar stitches in a new way by making three-dimensional sculptural baskets out of this non-traditional material.
My baskets are constructed over a mold, threading the hog gut on a large needle and working the stitches over and around natural and found materials. In my latest work, I have been exploring the possibilities of combining dyed and natural gut with twigs, thread, stainless steel wire, and colorful parachute cord.
Woven, Pacini Lubel Gallery, Seattle WA, 2010
Intertwined: Contemporary Baskets From Sara and David Lieberman Collection, NY, 2010
Contemporary Baskets: Summer Group Show, Fountainhead Gallery, 2009
Basketry in Perspective, Jane Sauer Gallery, Santa Fe NM, 2009
Intertwined: Contemporary Baskets from Sara and David Lieberman Collection, AZ, 2005
Contemporary Basketry: Redefining Sculpture, Pacini Lubel Gallery, WA, 2009
Basketworks: Cotsen Contemporary American Basket Collection,Racine Art Museum, WI, 2009
XTreme Baskets, invitational, Jane Sauer Gallery, Santa Fe NM 2008
Bamboo by Design, Fountainhead Gallery, Seattle WA, 2008
Connected: Annual Basketry Techniques Invitational, Cervini Haas Gallery, AZ, 2007
Baskets as Architecture, invitational, Mobilia Gallery, MA, 2007
Baskets: Beyond Structure, invitational, Jane Sauer Thirteen Moons Gallery, NM, 2006
Basketry: Northwest Connections, curator, Tacoma Community College Gallery, WA 2006
Basket (R)evolution, invitational, Fuller Craft Museum, MA, 2006 (Mobilia Gallery)
Celebrating Nature, invitational, Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum, 2004
Looking Forward, Glancing Back: Northwest Designer Craftsmen at 50, Whatcom Museum, Bellingham WA, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue WA, Contemporary Crafts Gallery,
Portland OR, 2004-2006
Prism Exhibition, invitational (guest artist), Mall Galleries, London, England, 2004
Cross Currents, international basketry exhibit, first place award, Convergence 02, BC
Bachelor of Arts, Interior Design, University of Washington, Seattle WA, USA, 1961