about
JÓh ricci

My fiber art awareness began at the age of eight when my great aunt taught me how to crochet. It was then that I began creating fabric with yarn, a needle, and my hands.

 

I have worked on a number of techniques throughout the years although continue to seize the true spirit of my fiber art by knotting one-of-a-kind contemporary baskets and sculptural vessels. Rekindling a passion of loom weaving, from which it all began as an elective course and eventually earning eight a BFA at Kutztown University, my hand woven scarves, wallhangings, and tapestries incorporate a variety of techniques and with the choice of yarns and colors there are endless possibilities to explore.

 

I have exhibited my contemporary sculptural baskets at prestigious juried shows such as the Smithsonian Craft Show, The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, the American Craft Exposition as well as juried and invitational gallery shows across the United States. 

 

I continually challenge myself and enjoy working in other areas of creativity. Self-taught in a variety of hand bead weaving and recycled paper techniques, my unique jewelry includes earrings, bracelets, and necklaces. Included in the genre of my artistic endeavors is impasto painting which allows me to create textures using oil and/or acrylic paints.

 

I also find it important to bring art to individuals and to nurture the creativity within and enjoy teaching weaving basketry and hand bead weaving as an artist-in-residence and at arts centers in Pennsylvania and Maryland.

 

My inspiration is drawn from every day life. I realize the endless possibilities of keeping an open mind and an observant eye and I recognize the variety of forms and colors that surround me. With a thought, an idea, a color or a shape, the creative process begins. I feel that the combination of positive energy and spiritual thought support my goals: to bring creative life to an idea, to challenge myself with the concept of what could be, and to create art that transcends boundaries.

To contact me, please email:

earthwalkstudio@embarqmail.com

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