Courtesy Rebecca McEntee
A Satisfying Result
Patterns radiate from the core of Hermann artist Rebecca McEntee’s fiber rush (twisted paper) vessels, and each has a unique shape and design, containing thousands of individual stitches. She begins each piece with an idea of how it will look when it is finished, but her hands and her head do not always agree. Some of her most satisfying pieces did not follow the original plan and became something different than she expected.
The method that Rebecca uses to make her vessels is called coiling. She has tried other types of basket making, but continually returns to coiling: “I always come back to coiling because it fits my personality. It’s very dense; it’s very organized. It is very meditative.”
Rebecca started her art career in the mid ’70s working on large scale fiber works for corporations but left the art world in the ’80s to become a research scientist and later a vice president of a packaging company. After retiring to Hermann, Rebecca reestablished herself as an artist. Unlike her earlier works, the fiber vessels that she creates today are small in scale. Her current series, which she calls ribbon baskets, explores the relationship between order and chaos.
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