I have a BFA in textile design from the School for American Craftsmen in Rochester, NY. We had too much fun during that time (my husband was there for furniture design). I loved weaving and still hold on to my wonderful Macomber loom and yarn in hopes of getting back to things at some point. For a long time I have been thinking about how to incorporate weaving into floral design and again, as a result of the work with Ruth (see the previous post), I have been trying some things out. For this piece I wove a scaffolding of raffia all around a square glass vase tieing pieces together and making the random pattern of the knots part of the overall design. I wanted to use a dramatic flower in this piece, one that was tropical since the raffia refers to that type of look, so I got some white anthirium flowers and kept them low so there was a nice contrast between the smooth surface of the flowers and the rougher surface of the raffia. I then wove some wire grass in leaving large loops in order to create some linear volume. Again, just an experiment, but certainly fun. Just like craft school.