“Bonfire” by Barbara Cade©

“Bonfire” by Barbara Cade©

Nature runs through Cade’s work. The artist started as a self-taught weaver in the late 60s, but quickly found the floor loom restrictive. She created ritualistic sculptures with primitive looms, sticks, bones and handspun horsehair, using hands-on, time-consuming processes. Her influences were the symbolism and the content of ancient art.

Today the artist continues to experiment, finding ideas from her photos, memories and news events to make multimedia pieces. With wet-felting, crochet or weaving as the canvas, her work incorporates fiber techniques, printing, clay, found objects and new construction materials, anything that makes the idea work. Her most current work is the BONFIRE series which expresses her growing concern for the Earth.