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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Lesli Robertson

Lesli Robertson is an amazing artist, a very accomplished weaver and someone who I admire tremendously. She has no fear when it comes to weaving and instilled that attitude in her students. If you wanted to try something, she would encourage us to “go for it” with comments such as “it’s all good.” Not everything would work out perfectly for us, but in every single instance I got the weaving finished and learned a lot about yarns, warping and how to produce the beautiful open weaves that I love so much.

Below are some images from her website, including her MFA show in 2006. She is currently coiling and casting baskets and doing a lot of plaiting (basically an over and under weaving technique).

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Above two images are Re-position, concrete, graphite
© Lesli Robertson, 2008-2009

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Above two images, Begin with 8 equal parts, Mixed media © Lesli Robertson, 2009

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Nkata Series, Mixed Media, © Lesli Robertson, 2009

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Interchange II, Handwoven cotton, rock; commissioned Kiganda raffia and banana stem basket from Namutebi Margret, © Lesli Robertson, 2006-2007

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Abiding Delicacy, Handwoven cotton, concrete, fiber reactive dyes; concrete Installation, © Lesli Robertson, 2006

Lesli’s work is influenced by her travels, she has made four trips to Uganda and has lectured and written about her interaction with the people and materials (such as bark cloth) of Uganda.

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