6:15 PM – Scott Martin at Southwest School of Art, “Altering Space”
7:15 PM – Studio Visit with weaver, Doerte Weber
I am a structural weaver using diverse, modern materials with old traditional patterns.
At the most elemental level, weaving consist of warp and weft, each running in a separate direction but intertwined. The warp in my pieces consists of colorful cotton thread. The weft is tightly compressed plastic bags–– recycled newspaper wrappers from various places. These bags come in many colors, from very soft neutral to strong orange and turquoise with some lettering. The patterns infused into my pieces are traditional weaving patterns, providing texture to the flat surfaces and giving an assurance of familiarity and connection to our history.
Plastic bags from newspapers symbolize a connection to global events as much as to local happenings in our community. These bags are given to me by a vast network of people of whom I know only a few. Even though the people who will see the installation will never meet the people who provided the materials, they are creating a community. One part would not be possible without the other.
I hope people will connect emotionally to my work and believe in our continued humanity which shows that we have more in common than what separates us.