Seaforms

The concept for my ‘SeaForm’ series began to evolve in 1995 as an outgrowth of my previous work in beaded baskets and figurative stick sculptures. I wanted to work without an armature yet still be able to evoke movement and motion in a free-standing sculptural vessel.

Each ‘SeaForm’ is sui generis, inspired by underwater coral reef structures. I use a multitude of off-loom beadweaving techniques that include the gourd (peyote) stitch, herringbone, ladder, brick, single-needle right angle weave and netting stitches. Most beads are added one at a time with needle and thread and each bead eventually receives two passes through it. I use a variety of sizes of glass beads as well as a variety of beads with different shapes and textures. The more complex forms are made in component parts that are stitched together with needle and thread and may take up to three months to complete.

I do not begin with a pre-conceived idea of how the forms will develop, or even what colors of beads will eventually be used. Instead, I respond to the forms as they evolve in a totally interactive and collaborative manner. My sense of color is intuitive and playful.

The glass bases are designed specifically for each ‘SeaForm’ and blown by a friend under my supervision. The surface textures on each base are introduced while the glass is in a molten state, using a series of bronze ‘stamps’ that have been cast from ocean coral.

The titles for my ‘SeaForms’ have come through an integration of my interest in the mysteries of under-ocean scenery and the bodies of water located within the Indonesian Archipelago and the Caribbean.