Tressa is a fiber artist living and working in her home studio in Northeast Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Her work reflects movement and transitions – from curving forms suggesting movement, embellished with earthly stones suggesting timelessness to cocoons reflecting on a time of stillness and inwardness with eventual rejuvenation. This current body of work is very personal, reflecting on a year of serious health issues, and making her way through it creatively.
She enjoys the challenge of manipulating these soft materials into a form, as shaping has always been a strength in various artwork she's created. She has over 36 published designs reflecting her own unique style.
Tressa's work is seen in “Beyond Basketry”, Billie Ruth Sudduth's book “Baskets: A Book for Makers and Collectors”, “Fiberarts Design Book 7”, “500 Baskets”, “All Things Considered VIII”. She is a featured artist in the National Basketry Organization Quarterly Review, Fall 2015.
Three of her pieces are in the permanent collection of the Goldstein Gallery, University of Minnesota, and other private collections.
She teaches at art centers, national basketry conferences, and similar venues, including guilds and other art related organizations.
Tressa has a solo exhibition at the Textile Center in Minneapolis on March 11 through April 29, 2016.
My new work embodies a transition in my life.
My work has always been organically intertwined with my life.
Toward the end of 2013 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. After numerous surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments, I found myself dancing toward the top of life again.
This past year and a half has been filled with many challenges, and was a time for healing. Because of some physical limitations a new body of work evolved. I left my world of rattan baskets, and began working with new techniques and materials. The scale of my work transformed also.
I am very energized with my new work, and look forward to each day when I can begin working. Creative energy abounds.
My work is taking on sculptural forms, and I'm learning to follow the materials and techniques, and letting go of some control of direction.