Walt Cottingham / Hawk Ridge FarmI have lived in the Southern Appalachians for most of my life, and have been creating craft pieces since childhood....
Heather Allen Hietala
Media: Fiber, Mixed Media
Heather's work is in transition from being focused on textiles for 20 years to including ceramics, wire and gut and collage.
For years the staircase was my muse. Now there are vessels and seed pods in my journals. Ideas that I encounter are sketched in my journals and then a select few have a special resonance and inspire a piece. Once the piece is begun, it takes on a life or a story of it's own. As I respond to the process, a dialogue develops between the piece and me. The stairs alluded to a journey, becoming metaphors for expressing various paths, transitions, and thresholds within life's experiences. The vessels and boats conintue the exploration of a journey. The vessel can also symbolize self. This work draws on the viewer's intimate involvement with steps and journeys to elicit feelings and personal interpretations.
For Heather, a boat symbolizes a journey and a vessel can symbolize self. The vessel is a metaphor of interior and exterior, of containment, of transport and journey, and as a tool like the boat or tatting shuttle, with the ability to create. It is both universal and personal. These vessels are enigmatic being boat pod shapes or pod tool shapes or tool vessel shapes. The vessel and boats allow me a vehicle to investigate new ideas, narratives and relationships.