A second-generation rattan weaver, Del Webber not only makes his livelihood from fiber arts but also has been exposed to and influenced by numerous ethnic forms of weaving since an early age. He spent his childhood in Northern Africa, Spain, and throughout the United States. The son of a weaver, Del learned various weaving techniques from his mother and has continued to evolve as an artist over the past 30 years. Del currently resides near Seattle.
The artist views his treatment of the stones as an expression of reverence for nature. He takes into consideration the individual qualities of each stone, its contours, color, and size, and melds them with his own design of wrapped and woven fibers. He unites the organic with the inorganic creating a new form.
Del derives his knotting techniques from traditional Japanese and Native American basketry, wicker furniture, loom weaving, fly-tying, and nautical knotting. Each stone is selected and wrapped with a unique design made of various materials including bamboo, cane, rattan, and reed. Largely influenced by Japanese Ikebana basketry, Del often incorporates into his designs traditional Japanese knotting techniques such as butterfly knots, insect wrapping, interlocking V knots, and spiral cross knots.
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