Kathryn Harris

About Kathryn

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Kathryn Harris has been involved in the fiber field for over 40 years, previously working at The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She holds an MFA degree in Jewelry and Metalsmithing and her sculptural fiber work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. She headed the Fiber Studies program in the Department of Art, Design & Art History at San Diego State University, teaching classes in Fiber Construction and Surface Design until retiring in 2013.

Kathryn continues to explore the delicate tracery of lace work in vessel forms. She also produces a separate body of work that explores pure geometric forms in space, using bugle beads and steel cable. Because of her love of teaching, she offers workshops and lectures on many different aspects of the fiber field. She resides in San Diego, California, USA.

You can follow Kathryn on instagram @kath.harris.textiles

Artist Statement

Combining my love of creating both lace and basketry, I have developed a method to construct needle lace forms in 3 dimensions. While often free of function, in general these vessels share with traditionally worked lace a delicate beauty and interplay of pattern.

Merging basketry techniques with the vocabulary of needle lace stitches, I will be teaching how to create these vessels. The low-tech simplicity of the tools is particularly pleasurable; all that is needed is a blunt needle, a spool of fiber and a pair of scissors.

As with all lacemaking, the process is time consuming but pleasantly meditative. As a bonus however, this work builds much more quickly than when working classic flat needle lace because it is worked in a single circular path without the need for setting up a preliminary cordonet.

I am particularly interested in seeing what other contemporary lace enthusiasts will create in the class. I feel that I have just begun to scratch the surface of what is possible with these sculptural lace making techniques!