TRANSCENDING TEXTILE STRUCTURES:
WEAVING AND LACE MAKING WITH METAL
Barbara M. Berk weaves and makes lace with metal by hand, working flat and straight, off-loom. She then curves, loops, twists, interweaves and sews her flat “fabric” into a 3-dimensional form. Within this tapestry of process, material and form, Berk plays with line and pattern, texture and density, volume and scale.
Her work is that of intricacy, detail and precision. The physical properties and working characteristics of her materials further define her structures and design. High karat gold and platinum are used in small and dense wearable sculptures, while the stainless steel and phosphor bronze enable Berk to play with volume and scale.
In her talk, Berk will discuss that interplay of precious and industrial metals with traditional fiber techniques, as well as share about her personal journey from stitching, knitting, and embroidery with silk and wool to weaving with metal sheet and wire – from domestic craft to fine arts.
This events is happening in conjunction with Beyond the Warp and Weft.