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ARTIST’S STATEMENT

My parents lived in Japan for 6 years and I was born in 1953, six weeks before they returned to the United States in 1954. There were many items in our home they collected overseas including Imari dishes, silk kimonos, and Hiroshi Yoshida woodblock prints. The beautifully shaded skies from those prints and the lush fabrics in the kimonos influenced me as a child and are reflected in my artwork to this day. My parents would take us to museums, symphony performances, jazz concerts, parks and campgrounds. My mother was a very talented artist in many mediums including watercolor, photography, and drawing. She always had us working on art projects, especially in the summers. She taught us to sew some of our own clothes, to cook and to use tools. We were encouraged to take art classes in school. Art was part of our everyday life. When I was 10 years old my mom sent me off with two of my sisters to the Josephine D. Randal Junior Museum in San Francisco to take summer art classes. We would ride the streetcar to Market and Castro Streets and climb up the steep hill to the museum. I took drawing, ceramics, jewelry making, and weaving for several summers. I liked all the mediums but there was something about the weaving that seemed to suit me well. The mathematical side of me enjoyed the yarn calculations. The artistic side of me enjoyed the colors and the designing. The tactile side of me enjoyed handling the yarns and fabrics. In high school I continued to take art classes as well as weave at the Junior Museum after school when I was not in softball or volleyball practice.

One day I found the catalog for the California College of Arts & Crafts in Oakland in my Mercy High School counseling office. I was surprised to find that one could major in textiles. When I got accepted to CCAC, my parents were happy. I was the last of seven children and many of my siblings were practicing art so it seemed a natural thing to do. While at CCAC I took lots of different classes, but again the textile ones were my favorites. Some of the textile teachers included Inger Jensen, Kay Sekimachi, Barbara Shawcroft, Janet Levin, Trude Guermonprez and Nance O'Banion. Once my technical skills improved I was able to incorporate the love for beauty and humor in my artwork that my parents had instilled in me.

Since my graduation from the California College of Arts & Crafts in l976 I have pursued a career in textiles. I have developed a unique two-faced twill weave structure with a lush wool surface texture. A 16 harness AVL compudobby loom enables me to construct these pieces from four separate sets of warps woven in one layer. This technique becomes a palette from which I depict everyday life in a slightly altered state. My work tends to poke fun at popular trends and explores the complex nature of our perception of reality. Weaving helps me deal with my emotional reactions to life's pitfalls and triumphs. It is a way in which I can communicate my world view to others in imaginary and often humorous landscapes.

When my husband Bill Fredriksson and I moved to Lake County in 2000, I started a new series of detailed limited edition cotton tapestries by renting time on hand jacquard looms owned by Nina Jacobs (TC-1) and Cathy Bolding (AVL/TIS) in Berkeley. I relied on their expertise with the jacquard software. First I redesigned my classic "Flockette Seasons" with brighter colors and greater details. I also started weaving images from photographs that I have taken in my new inspiring countryside setting: "Blossom Creek," "King Pup" and "Queen Cleopetra." In 2008 I received a second-hand jacquard loom through the great generosity of Mim Wynne, so now I can work freely at home! "Lake Biwa," "Winter Forest," "Horseplay," "The Flockettes" in all four seasons, "Global Healing," "GMO-OMG," "Konocti Twilight," "Birds of a Feather," and "Sunpower"are some of my latest jacquard tapestries. I also have new series of tapestries inspired by the Edward Curtis photogravure prints from the early 1900’s of Native American Indians. I am handweaving them as well as having them woven by a mill in the USA. I am thrilled to be able to combine multiple weaves and fine lines for a new direction in my artwork made possible through the advances in computers and loom designs for the handweaver.

My tapestries have been exhibited nationally and internationally including the 13th International Biennial in Lausanne, Switzerland and a one person exhibition at the Center for Tapestry Arts, NY, NY. Publications include The New York Times, American Craft, Metropolis and Fiberarts Magazine. Corporations, museums and private individuals have my artwork in their collections including A,T & T, San Francisco; Lloyds Bank International, NY; Cooper-Hewitt,Smithsonian Design Museum, NY; the American Craft Museum, NY; The Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA. My informative lectures and workshops have been given in Canada, Germany, Australia, and all over the US. From Fall 1996 to Spring 1999, I taught in the textiles department at San Francisco State University. For the 1998-99 year I taught weaving at The College of Marin, Kentfield, CA. For the Fall 2002, Spring 2003, 2005, 2007 and Fall 2009 semesters I taught weaving at Mendocino Community College in Ukiah, CA. In 2006, I worked with clients on jacquard looms in Cairo, Egypt, and then studied weaving in Florence, Italy, in 2007. In 2001, I started teaching weaving classes in my home/studio and enjoy spreading my enthusiasm for weaving to others.

I feel very fortunate that my career as a weaver has brought me around the world to experience the cultural wonders that make up our planet of amazing beings. Although my dearly departed parents are no longer around, I feel they are watching over us as we travel and know that we love our new life in the country and its influence on our creativity.


 

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