My inspirations include the natural elements and the materials themselves. The patterns of land forms echo in the design of my rugs. The atmospheric elements also play a role in color and mood. The natural materials of linen and wool inspire me today as they did the journeyman weavers who produced coverlets woven in a natural linen warp and a colored wool weft. I aspire to combine their high level of craftsmanship with the heavier weight of yarns to weave a durable and flexible rug; both functional and beautiful.

The innovations I add are the spontaneous and free methods of dyeing the weft yarn. I move the resist-tied skeins covered with tape, plastic, clamps, and found objects through a succession of dye baths with an eye toward a contemporary color scheme. Although on occasion I use plant-based 'natural' dyes, the largest proportion of color comes from today's synthetic acid and fiber-reactive dyes.

I thank my involvement with the weaver's guild system in the usa. As a member and often a workshop leader i learn on a continuing basis. Sharing my passion for the structure of weaving with other hand weavers is both stimulating and satisfying.


-Connie Forneris, 2002