About Surface Weaving
Most of my artwork features a novel method I developed and call “surface weaving." It combines techniques from hand embroidery and needle weaving with free-motion machine stitching and quilting. The process is slow, incremental and contemplative. It also involves spontaneity, as each woven fiber adds its own character, involves new decisions, and the image takes form in a holographic way. The larger pieces can take 80 to 100 hours to complete. The weaving results in a richly textured surface with myriad color variations and interactions.
Surface weaving has qualities in common with other forms of textile and needlework, but creates a unique effect. Like tapestry, it involves weaving. But unlike tapestry weaving, surface weaving doesn’t involve a loom, and the resulting image has a less grid-like quality because fibers are woven in all directions. All threads serve as both warp and weft to others. Surface weaving is also similar to embroidery, involving hand-sewing with needle and thread to lay down color and texture. However, unlike embroidery, surface weaving doesn’t stitch through the base fabric, and the stitches on the surface follow a more serendipitous path than traditional embroidery stitches do.