Occhino, Ashley A.
Savannah, Ga. : Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M.F.A.) -- Fibers
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Fibers
Includes bibliographical references (p.41-43).
This thesis looks at the vessel as an object that exists both for aesthetic and for specific functional purposes, such as shelter. While exploring the form of the vessel and its meaning, I was inspired by the work of contemporary fiber artists such as Kay Sekimachi, Jane Sauer and Marcia Widenor. The precise interlacing of materials they use lends itself to the creation of complex contours as seen in hanging birds’ nests. Based on my research of hanging fiber nests created by both humans and birds, it is apparent that the latter use weaving methods that humans similarly consider when building their own nests. Birds have also been observed to pay attention to the aesthetic value of the materials they choose for nest building – not just the functional or comfort values. Applying this knowledge to the loom, I create structures that display the architectural characteristics of a timeless vessel.
Through personal inspiration, materials and artistic process, the subsequent collection of woven vessels discusses the drive to create dimensional woven structures that illustrate and explore the links between human vessel creation and birds’ nest building.
CHAIR: First, Deborah
PDF : 43 p. : ill
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