Foreground/Background, tri-axial weave in 5/8" grosgrain ribbon
Ms Shore wove commissions for architects’ and designers’ clients while her son was small, and then owned a graphic design studio in the late 1970’s. She began working with ribbons after receiving a gift – the book Weaving with Ribbon by Valerie Campbell-Harding – in 1991. Since then, Ms Shore has been experimenting with color, value, texture and weave structures – concentrating on tri-axial weaving, or “mad” weave: an Asian basket making technique which can yield cubes, stars and many other optical illusions.
When Ms Shore began embellishing her ribbon weaving with beads, her pile of Bead & Button Magazines took on new significance. In 2001, she began to learn bead weaving techniques. Now she divides her time among weaving, beading, felted knitting, collage and teaching.
In April 2008 Ms Shore self-published A Ribbon Weaver’s Handbook containing photographically illustrated instructions for six weave structures using ribbons. She continues to teach ribbon weaving, bead weaving and knitting to guilds and individuals.