Timberline Lodge Restoration Project commissioned me to produce hundreds of yards of handwoven drapery fabric for the Cascade Dining Room, lobby and mezzanine upholstery. The Lodge, a national historic landmark, hosts over 2 million visitors a year requiring sturdy handcrafted fabrics that are reproductions of the original designs. Extensive research into historic fabric patterns resulted in the recreation of textiles that had been lost to time. Woolen and linen yarns in birdseye, crackle weave plaid, zigzag chevron, and plain weave variations make up the Timberline collection of bold 1930s era designs.
Every textile, from simple structures to complex weaves, carries a kind of coded relationship between time and space. It’s a language of tactile memory connected by hidden structure, and deeply embedded in human experience. My work encompasses a desire to represent cloth as a way of seeing, and as a parallel text exploring visual memes. My work in tapestry, computer weaving, and multi-harness constructions often concerns issues of perception and mimesis, and the liminal sense of indecipherable text reverting to image.