The manipulative qualities of western redcedar (Thuja plicata) bark are the cornerstone of my sculptural work. I harvest the bark in the spring when the sap is running up from the roots and only with permission from the logging operations. This time of gathering allows me to spend days in the woods while I mull over new forms that have the potential to be woven and twined.
When the cedar is damp it bends like leather so it is a matter of controlling the tension where I see the potential for a good curve. It is important to constantly assess the overall shape so there is balance in the asymmetry.
The weaving, for me, is about the evolution of a shape that is not preconceived.
2011 - Polly Adams Sutton