Artistic commitment is for me a way of life, a continuation of a family's history. An invaluable part of my Appalachian heritage is our family's tradition of craftsmanship. Generations of women in my family have made hand work an integral part of the daily rhythm of life. 20 years of experimentation with various on and off loom bead weaving techniques has allowed my skills to mature. I've developed a distinctive individual style. Working with glass "seed" beads, using an ancient netting stitch, I create beaded basket/vessels, the primary focus of my work. These vessels have increased in size and complexity over the past 8 years. Working on a lathe, I turn wooden vessels to be covered with precise, intricate stitches incorporating miniscule glass beads. The completed works are visually rich, enticingly tactile and a pleasure to contemplate. The skill, patience and commitment necessary to create these beaded basket/vessel forms is the sustenance of my creative life.




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