Connie Lippert’s Statement
My tapestries are woven in wedge weave using yarns hand-dyed with natural materials. These shaped pieces result from taking advantage of the inherent qualities of wedge weave to distort. Wedge weave differs from traditional weaving in that the weft is woven on the diagonal rather than the horizontal. This diagonal pressure on the warp, distorts the weaving forcing the selvages either in or out, depending on the direction of the diagonal, resulting in a scalloped edge. In the work pictured, I experimented with wedges of different heights. When the diagonal is woven from right to left, the wedges are approximately 3 inches tall. When the diagonal is woven from left to right, the wedges are approximately 1 inch tall. Not only does this force the edges to scallop, it forces the weaving to skew off its vertical orientation. If the sequence and the wedge heights are reversed, the weaving skews from the vertical in the opposite direction.
Connie Lippert’s Biography
Connie’s work has been exhibited in 28 states and been accepted into over 150 juried exhibitions including Craft National and Crafts National in Pennsylvania, Celebration of American Crafts, USA Craft Today, Craft USA in Connecticut, Fiber Directions in Kansas, Fiber Celebrated, Fiber Celebration and Art from the Loom in Colorado, Annual Contemporary Crafts in Arizona, Contemporary American Rug Makers at the Ohio Craft Museum and Materials Hard and Soft in Texas as well as others. She has received 2 artist grants from the South Carolina Arts Commission. Her work is represented in museum, corporate, academic and private collections and has been published in Surface Design Journal, Fiberarts Design Book 7, Line in Tapestry by Kathe Todd-Hooker, Fiberarts magazine, Handwoven magazine and in Shuttle, Spindle, and Dyepot (the magazine of the Handweavers Guild of America).
She has taught wedge weave workshops and given seminars in California, New York, Michigan, Colorado, New Mexico, Georgia, Florida, New Jersey, South Carolina and Wisconsin.