Studio Tessere (Italian for weaving studio) is a one-woman operation, with the exception of a few furry assistants, based in Boston, Massachusetts.
I produce hand-painted or immersion-dyed, handwoven wearable fiber art, primarily using silk and bamboo. Currently, my work is focused on Woven Shibori, a resist-dyeing technique where the pattern threads are inserted as I weave the fabric. Then those threads are pulled and tied off, compressing the fabric to provide a resist before being hand-painted or immersion dyed. After dyeing, the pattern threads are removed, exposing a unique printed pattern on the woven surface.
I love working with color and coming up with unexpected color combinations. The color choices and dyeing method can make the same pattern look very different, adding to the uniqueness of each scarf or shawl and making it one of a kind.
I taught weaving at Bridgewater State College for five years. When I'm not working in my studio, I paint the urban landscape in oils from my photographs. I'm an avid gardener and an enthusiastic baseball (Cleveland Indians) and Bruce Springsteen fan. My work can be found in Fiberarts Design Book Six and 1000 Artisan Textiles. Thank you for visiting my online studio.