A fine art
Traditional knotted netting, commonly known as fish netting, is an obscure fiber technique and my passion. In the past, I felt limited by the mainstream utilitarian marine usage of nets, such as seine nets or lobster trap heads. Using new and different fibers has precipitated changes in my work over more than 30 years. When I happened upon a tiny handmade needle in my husband's great-grandmother's antique tools, the metamorphosis began. Each knot is formed over a toothpick. Through trial and error, I designed a way to shape and stiffen each piece. This ability to make minute lace-like netting offered unlimited possibilities. I started by transforming sea life into three dimensional works of art. Since that time, I have designed original patterns from nature, including flowers, insects, and birds. I continued to explore this ancient technique and stretched the contemporary boundaries of netting. Each piece of art is individual and unique, signed and numbered. All are mounted in shadowboxes or domes.
My husband's great-grandmother taught me the basics of netting over 30 years ago when she was 92 years old. We both made nets for a marine supply company. I then started designing wearabIes such as bags, scarves, etc. After discovering the tiny metal needle in Gram's stash of netting supplies, I started experimenting with netting on a very small scale resulting in these sculptures.
Unlike crochet or knitting, netting is more closely related to lace-making. Because of its uniqueness, I especially cherish the fact that netting was passed down to me along with the handmade tools. I strive to keep utilitarian fish netting contemporary as it becomes more obscure. Creating new forms keeps it ever present on the world stage.