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Celebration of Scholarship and Creative Activity 2022

“Explorations of fiber through weaving”

Sarah Vandersee

Sophomore, Fine Arts emphisis in 3D Studio


Over the pandemic, I became fascinated with the medium of fiber for the unique tactile experiences it can produce and its wide variety of applications. In further exploring these applications, I came to be interested in the process of loom weaving as it was a completely new use of fiber that I had yet to try. The goal of my research then became to understand the basics of operating two sizes of table loom, how different fibers react to the weaving process, and combining those elements to design my own fabrics. Throughout this process, I took inspiration from everyday textiles and other fiber artists, as well as, letting the unique characteristics of each fiber and stitch pattern guide my decisions. In doing so, I aim to bring two-dimensional patterns into a three-dimensional space to create fabrics that are both visually and physically pleasing using design concepts such as color, texture, and pattern.

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  1. Mona Calder

    Sarah, I just stumbled across your presentation by accident when looking for weaving guilds in Oshkosh. I found it to be interesting and well presented. I hope you keep exploring your weaving. Consider making a garment from your woven material. Other areas of weaving you can look at are tapestry, rag rug, and Navajo rug designs some of which utilize different looms, as I am sure you are aware of.
    (Graduate of UW-O 1984)


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