handwoven silk, stainless steel, and handmade paper, printed with grass
I am fascinated with light and translucency, the contrast between the fragile, and the strong. With natural materials, I show the small and delicate as the powerful and significant. My current body of work has led to the use of pieces of nearly two hundred year old manuscripts that are woven with silk to form an intimate place. The barely detectable text becomes a focal point. The presentation of my work protects and showcases fragments of homespun rag paper and fragments of the hand woven silk cloth that I create, producing an intricate structure that has come full circle. In viewing my work, my hope is that you will for at least a moment, become lost in the discovery of the minute, the quiet of repetition, and beauty of nature and pattern.
Vicki Essig grew up in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Her move to Appalachia allowed her to pursue the venerable craft tradition of hand weaving. She explored her fascination of the hand woven at world renowned craft schools and studied at Haywood Community College Professional Crafts Program. Vicki is a member of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild, Piedmont Craftsmen and a founding member of Ariel Contemporary Craft Gallery. Vicki maintains a full time studio in Asheville, where she collaborates and works along side her husband Daniel Essig.