Dorothy Benedict’s Statement
My tapestries are really a group effort. My flock of Icelandic sheep provide all of the wool for my tapestries. I always had a love for the textile arts and when I bought my first Icelandic sheep I learned to felt. That was eight years ago. All of the wool from my sheep is natural dyed either from plants grown by me here on my farm or found in the wild. I do buy some plant extracts for colors I cannot find here. None of the colors come from chemical dyes. I am inspired by the fields and rivers of New England where I live.
Dorothy Benedict’s Biography
As a child I loved to draw animals . My love of animals and my love of art have followed me my whole life. I have not had a great deal of formal art training. I have attended Worcester Art Museum school, Worcester, MA for lessons in drawing and pastel painting. I have always wanted to learn to weave but it was not until my first sheep arrived here on my farm that I first began felting and weaving. Loving pictures as much as I do it was natural for me to go into tapestry weaving. I moved from my instructor’s studio to my own looms at home so that I can weave anytime I choose. It is not unusual to find me weaving early in the morning before going out to feed the sheep. My animals and the landscapes around me are a constant source of inspiration for me.
I began participating in art shows with my weaving a couple of years ago. The shows are both juried and non-juried . I have also had two solo shows just this past year. Currently I weave on a Navajo loom.