Donna Ritter:  Artist Statement

I have always played with fibers since I was very young, starting out with embroidery, and moving on to needlepoint, knitting, and finally weaving.  I have always been drawn to the feeling of fibers in my hands and enjoy seeing how different fibers and colors interact with each other through their interlacements in a weave structure.  I love to watch something grow beneath my hands to become something that is both beautiful and functional.  I am inspired by the structures and colors that I see around me in nature, in architecture, and in machinery. 


The woven material above was inspired by a vintage red and white convertible.  The weave structure is "shadow weave", which imparts a sense of depth to the material, just as the juxtaposition of white against red did in the car's interior design.









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