Feature Fiber Artist Maria Tinnell :New Works

Date(s) - 08/24/2019 - 09/21/2019
11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Little Loomhouse


The Little Loomhouse presents in the Lou Tate Gallery

Maria Tinnell: New Works

Exhibition dates are August 24 to September 21. Gallery Hours are Tues – Fri 10am-3pm, Sat 11am-4pm

Opening Artist Reception is Saturday, August 24 from 2-4pm, free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. 

Maria Tinnell

Maria Tinnell is a fiber artist whose focus is on coiled basketry. She creates her work by wrapping unwaxed linen thread over a braided nylon core, stitching each coil to the next as she proceeds.

Tinnell arrived at this process after exploring a wide variety of approaches to textile art, falling in love with the linen and the surprising durability it brings to her work. The basket as a form carries expectations of functionality that makes the use of fiber materials a small surprise, but these baskets are impressive for the balance of strength and aesthetic appeal, with designs of strong color and pattern that blend traditional and contemporary sensibilities.

 “I love making coiled baskets; they are simple and natural. Stitching by hand I do not require loud machines or protective gear, just my hands, needle, thread, and maybe some beads. Historically, baskets have been both basic and decorative. They can help tell a story, record important occasions, and pass guarded messages.

In addition to stand-alone baskets, I have created wearable baskets combining beadwork to match the colors of the linen. I integrate beads and other objects within the baskets. I began experimenting with oral and leaf shaped beads to create draping coils, and I am currently working on baskets with a focus on nature’s patterns. Butterfly wings, ladybug and bumble bee patterns, as well as floral and leaf patterns.”

Tinnell’s work has been featured in Arts Across Kentucky, Louisville Today, and UofL magazines.