Fiber is part of our basic civilization and weaving utilitarian textiles from materials at hand is a rich tradition all over the world. In Colonial America worn clothing and household textiles were transformed into practical and beautiful floor coverings reflecting the culture and life experiences from which they came. As a contemporary weaver of rugs for the floor and wall I have built on this rich tradition creating new designs that elevate its textures color and shapes into territory that is at once familiar yet new. Working on an 8-harness countermarche loom I use strips of deconstructed corduroy and cotton rug warp to weave complex and vibrant rugs–coaxing materials into form and function uniquely different from the originals. It is an exploration into new dimensions of the familiar. Designs that appear bold and graphic from a distance reveal subtle color and textural interplay when viewed closely. Past and present blend to create an element of surprise.