Whanganui Girls College                21 - 27 April 2019


Marilyn Moore - USA

Wire as Fibre: Where Technique Meets Inspiration

In this workshop about technique, exploring many of the aspects of wire that make it an exciting fibre.  We will also look at what inspires each of the participants and how it translates into their work.

Participants should be ready for a week of inspiration and techniques using wire as a fibre.  Techniques included in this workshop: twining, knitting, crocheting, colour blending, using a torch to prepare materials for basket making.

Using Marilyn’s unique method of colour blending and using prepared copper wires for spokes, explore the use of fine coloured wire as a twining material, this includes discussing shaping and design.

Participants may also use wire cloth and wire to design their own projects.  With the instructors help they will learn to explore such skills as working with a torch to heat patina, then cut, hem, and corrugate the wire cloth.  Once the wire cloth is prepared, the wire will be attached and, using textile techniques such as knitting and crocheting, learn to form interesting and delicate basketry shapes with the wire and wire cloth.

Encouraging the participants’ own creativity and techniques are stressed in this 5 day workshop. Suitable for all levels of experience.

About Marilyn Moore

Award-winning fibre artist Marilyn Moore explores colour and form through her one-of-a-kind wire basket vessels which has led to creating fibre related wire jewellery.  Teaming with intrinsic details, each piece reveals another level of exploration.

Working in fibre is a natural medium for Marilyn. As a child she learned to embroider, knit, crochet, and sew.  Her love of fibre work continued into adulthood adding spinning, weaving, basketry, and now wire work, to her fibre vocabulary.

As a basket artist and teacher, she has shown her work internationally, nationally, and regionally, and has taught at national conventions and conferences.  She has written several articles for publication in such periodicals as The News Basket, Basket Bits, and Piecework.  Her work has been featured in the magazines Shuttle Spindle and Dyepot, Bead and Button, and Step by Step Wire Jewelry.

Her work can be seen in Fiberarts Design Books, three, four, five, and seven, as well as in: Baskets: A Book for Makers and Collectors by Billie Ruth Sudduth; Baskets: Tradition and Beyond by Leir, Peters and Wallace; Textile Techniques in Metal by Arline Fisch; Fabulous Woven Jewelry by Mary Hettmansperger; Contemporary Wicker Basketry by Flo Hoppe; and 500 Baskets: A Celebration of the Basketmakers Art, published by Lark.

Marilyn’s work can be found in public and private collections around the USA and she has won awards for her work at every level.  She holds a BFA with an emphasis in fibre from the University of Washington.

After living in Seattle Washington for many years, she has recently moved to Iowa City, where she continues to explore the vessel form and has expanded her work into woven jewellery forms.  Working with colour and colour blending are important aspects to her recent work.


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