In the 1990’s, the words Fiber Optics were new terms that seemed to be on everyone’s lips. As a weaver and fiber artist, the simple words meant something about textiles that had a super power of vision and connected the two ideas in my imagination. I was determined to explore the unknown potential of this new string, as a weaving material. The approach required an understanding of the scientific mechanics of the fiber and demanded that I find new ways to combine structure and materials to support a woven form. I discovered something that had been buried in my memory but was present in my every-day experience. This story is not only about the invention of fiber optical materials and but also, about how I found a spiritual expression through weaving with fibers filled with light. I will share these works and others that are based in enlightenment, reflection and perception of human soul.
Laurie is a master weaver who began weaving in the 1960’s. She learned to weave at The Worcester Craft Center, MA and earned a BFA Textile Design and MFA in Artisanry/Fibers from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Laurie has worked as a commission artist, and as an engineering consultant in the early days of smart textiles development.
Her work has been included in Fiberart International, Fiberart Now: Excellence in Fibers, Fuller Craft Museum and London Hat Week. She taught Textile Science at Boston area colleges, and has led workshops/lectures at HGA Convergence, New England Weavers Seminar, Textile Society of America and many weaving guilds. She earned the Handweavers Guild of America Certificate of Excellence in weaving. Steger is the current Associate Dean of the Weavers’ Guild of Boston.