Dorothy McGuinness

After 29 years of exploring the woven form, I have mastered the art of diagonal twill, with which I create forms and structures not found in the basketry world. My medium for this unique work is watercolor paper, which I’ve painted and cut into narrow uniform strips to achieve the precision I seek. 

Approaching my work as a puzzle drives me to discover new shapes and weaving innovations. I am also very much interested in the math and geometry of the work. Using hundreds of strips of paper at a time, I explore new structural forms. I am intrigued by the potential outcome of new designs. The evolution of my work is built on taking risks, and avoiding the “known”. The risks offer challenges, which often lead to new directions. This is the excitement that keeps me working in a repetitive medium.

Categories: Basketry