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 Artist Statement

 

"It started with handcrafts—as a young girl my mother and grandmother introduced me to embroidery, knitting and beading. Even as I studied graphic design in college, and worked for many years as a designer, I continued to work with fiber. My interest evolved from weaving to paper-making and ultimately knotting. 

 

There is nothing like the tactile feel of the threads, as well as the rhythm of making knot after knot, until my shape takes form. I incorporate beading to add luster and texture, which allows me a multitude of possibilities in surface embellishment.

 

My inspirations range from the amazing colors found in nature to the beaded detail work on a magnificent couture evening gown.

 

On the most personal level, knotting gives me a chance to immerse myself in a very peaceful, private meditative process that allows me to create simple, elegant forms with bold, striking colors."

Contemporary Basketry

Copyright 2020, Merrill Morrison. All rights reserved.

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