Artist: Jeanie Pratt
Orchid Gallery: http://www.ganoksin.com/orchid/jeaniepratt.htm
As a fiber artist who now works with metal, I find that after 30
years, I am still striving to turn straw into gold! I am passionate
about discovering the surprises of using fiber techniques in my work
with copper, silver, gold and niobium. With a weaver’s eye for
color, I explore the processes of applying patinas and enamels, as
well as incorporating gemstones and beads into my work.
My designs and patterns have been inspired by the study of
traditional textiles that I encountered while living in West Africa
, Guatemala , and the United Kingdom . My organic geometric shapes
are derived from my earlier studies of entomology, botany and my
love of natural history in general.
I love to pursue possibilities that emerge from within the solitude
of my garden shed studio. Fiber arts counterbalance the intense human
contact and often illogical bureaucracy of my “day job” at Social
Services. I lose myself in time through detailed labor-intensive
processes. I strive to push my own limits as well as the limits of
the techniques and materials that I use.