DANIELLE BURKE / AUGUST 2016
Danielle Burke’s current work focuses on historical weaving patterns from the Southern Highlands region of Appalachia. Through this and other work, she hopes to better understand the boundaries of authenticity, role of craft within a traditional practice, the influence of landscapes on material culture, and the ways that textiles also act as texts.
She is currently researching and creating thanks to a Windgate Fellowship, administered through the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design in Asheville, North Carolina, and recently graduated with a B.F.A. in Fiber & Humanistic Studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland.
WORKSHOPS WITH ENVISION UNLIMITED
Dani’s workshops used paper printouts of traditional overshot coverlet drawdown patterns to create collaborative paper collage “quilts” with a revolving and evolving group of Westtown artists. The workshops identified the steps involved in the creation of the paper quilts, allowing the Westtown artists to self-select the skills they found most satisfying, whether it be cutting, composition, gluing or cleanup. Alongside these collage workshops, several Envision artists experimented on the table loom, weaving overshot patterns on a shared warp.