What a treat to be able to introduce you to Bernadette Mahfood’s work. I’ve been looking at her work online for some time now and recently was able to see two of her pieces in the Land By Hand exhibit sponsored by the Minnesota Textile Center.
Bernadette learned to appreciate her hand skills from her maternal Grandmother who taught her to knit and crochet. As a girl scout she became fascinated with basket weaving. After teaching herself macrame in the late sixties and early seventies she ended up teaching macrame to a group of young women in a mountain village in NW Tunisia for almost two years. The textile work in Tunisia and Africa in general still inspires her. After returning to the USA she studies jewelry design and began using African trade beads in her designs. In 1987 she began making her own glass beads and since 2001 has incorporated her beads in macrame in more intricate designs.
My most recent series are the semi-serious Neo-tribal pieces as Land Ethic experiences continue to inspire me:
Crop Circles and Medallions; and totally fun pieces inspired by fruits and vegetables: Watermelon, Purple Kiwi and Small Kiwi
These series will be ongoing as the impulse hits me.
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