Rebecca Smith uses unconventional materials to create 3-dimensional structural work that lies outside the traditional boundaries of hand weaving. Her weaving is loom-based, employing primarily tapestry techniques that she has adapted to working with wire, beads and yarn. The wire allows the work to be shaped and free-standing. The beads are transparent, allowing light to glow through. In her work, textures and light are blended into organic shapes that suggest features of the natural world.
In my work I strive to expand the possibilities of loom-based weaving. My artistic journey has been to move away from controlled, predetermined designs to spontaneous, free form weaving. I have developed my own approach to mixed media weaving by combining yarn, beads and wire to produce tapestries and woven sculptures. The wire allows the work to be shaped and free-standing; the beads are transparent, allowing light to glow through. Textures and light are blended into organic shapes that suggest features of the natural world. I enjoy the challenge of employing one of the world's oldest craft forms to create work that is relevant today.
I came to my art via the serendipity of taking a weaving class and knowing immediately that it was what I wanted to spend my life doing. In the intervening years, I have pursued this calling in the capacity of teacher, exhibitor, gallery owner, and even loom manufacturer. Today, I create simply for the sake of exploring my chosen art form to find ever-new possibilities of design, structure and expression.