Amanda Salm

Horsehair is my medium of choice which, among many other uses historically, has been made into snares, nets, fishing lines, ropes and woven traps. Contemporary use of the material is uncommon and I have been mastering this fine, versatile and lustrous fiber for the last fifteen years, developing new methods for different textures and forms for my sculptural textiles. Building a piece can employ coiling, twining, braiding, knotting, knotless or knotted netting, spinning, and/or stitching and may take up to two hundred hours to complete. Colors that I use to dye the natural white tail hair are made from the most lightfast plant and insect sources, many of them cultivated in my yard.


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