Frances loves the challenge of working with all the weird ‘junk’ that she has collected (or been given) over the years and then re-inventing new uses and combinations so they can be hung on a wall.The three dimensional pieces use brilliant color, bold patterns, textures and unique manipulated forms, allowing for an improvised design process.
Frances has been a traditional weaver and textile artist for many years, and applying the same techniques and ideas to industrial materials is a natural progression of her work. Frances uses loom weaving, plaiting, and quilting techniques to create her sculptural metal vessels and wall pieces. Copper is her primary material; she likes its malleability and wide range of color possibilities.
Frances is mostly self-taught as a weaver. Her degree in Interior Design gave her an excellent training in color and design. Her work with sculptural basketry techniques was inspired by workshops at Basket Focus conferences in the late 1990’s.
|I find the improvised play of masculine materials with traditional feminine techniques and forms in my free standing sculpture and wall mounted work is endlessly entertaining and challenging. It is very satisfying to be able to transcend the inherent qualities of the metallic materials often associated with weight and rigidity and create forms that are sensual and flowing in appearance.|