Elizabeth Morisette – Fiber Art From Upcycled Materials
Handweavers Guild of Boulder
February 2021 Day & Evening Program
Elizabeth Morisette has been exhibiting her weavings and sculptures for 25 years. In the fall of 2020 she was featured in Hyperallergic for her work in the University of Denver’s “Mask” exhibit. She has also been featured in American Craft Magazine, the Denver Post and the New York Times.
An important aspect of Morisette’s work is the use of repurposed materials. As a child she was constantly making environments out of found objects. Other people’s trash is truly her treasure! She uses upcycled materials such as bottle caps, hair rollers, and bread tabs in her work. These items are not only readily available, but also add whimsy and a larger message to her work.
She explains: Materials inspire me. Every work I make starts with a box of ‘stuff’ often set aside as trash by many. My quest is to make this pile of stuff into a beautiful weaving or vessel. Using pieces with history draws viewers in to experience objects in a new manner. The viewer is invited to remember a time, place, or person that they once knew. Though the objects are common, the memory invoked by the work is as varied as the individuals who view them.
Bringing art to the community is also an important part of Morisette’s career. Currently, she works as the Education Coordinator at the Museum of Art Fort Collins. Previously she has held positions at Marilyn State Arts council, The JCC of Greater Baltimore, Colorado State University, Fort Lewis College and The Denver Art Museum. Morisette is a graduate of NCSU College of Design and received a Master’s Degree from Maryland Institute College of Art.
• Materiality: Material Based Basketry
Morisette will discuss her basketry work and installations that incorporate a variety of alternative materials. The presentation will include a question and answer session at the end to further discuss process and materials and their place in the Art and Craft of Basketry.
• Weaving a Community: Using Fiber Art to Create Community
Morisette will discuss some of her Community Engagement work. By using textiles as a medium, she teaches the Community about the concepts in the Museum of Art/Fort Collins’ exhibits through installations and hands-on activities. Historically, textiles have often been an entry for Community Members to engage one another while learning new techniques. Morisette uses these Textile processes to help communities creatively tell their own stories.
More of Elizabeth’s work can be viewed at elmorisette.com
- February 8, 2021 – Day Guild Meeting 10:00 am
Materiality: Material Based Basketry
- February 9, 2021 – Night Guild Meeting 7:00 pm
Weaving a Community: Using Fiber Art to Create Community
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