Every 1 - 2022

NBO Members Exhibition


Ralph Simpson

River

Materials – Eastern White Cedar, linen and grass. Technique – The warp is Eastern White Cedar, twill bottom, twining with Eastern White Cedar, linen and grasses. The linen and grass and some of the cedar was dyed with indigo.

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H: 3" | W: 8" | D: 8"
Ralph Simpson
Fredericton New Brunswick
I was raised on a river in rural New Brunswick and early on developed a keen interest in plants. I expanded those interests with formal studies in botany and ecology. The local flora informs my work and my creative process. My designs arise from my interpretations of nature and have evolved from traditional basketry, to vessels, and botanical sculptures, often scaled up to magnify detail. I work with an array of plant materials; wood, bark, roots, rush, grasses, and although my work varies in form and style what resonates in all my work is an underlying investigation into ways that plant materials can be used to spark interest and insight into the natural world. I employ harvest principles that embrace environmental sustainability.
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