Carol Clay*

Greensboro, NC | Provisional Member

My grandmother taught me to single crochet dresses for my troll dolls because we couldn’t have naked troll dolls in her house. My yarn affinity continued and grew. In high school, I took a nine-week independent study on weaving and built my own back-strap loom. Through that project, I discovered that weaving was the perfect combination of math and art — my two favorite subjects. I soon realized that I wanted to learn to weave on a floor loom.

I have always been an artist. I have always had an eye for the nuance and power of the colors that surround me. Over my 40 years of weaving and designing, I have translated my love of color into complex color designs that give my weaving both power and depth.

I feel that we each have a moral obligation to increase our capacity for joy and beauty. The way colors interplay is what gives me the greatest joy in my work. My desire as a weaver is to create in woven form the joys inherent in the complexity of the color found in nature. Whether it is the many gradations found in a single vegetable or the cacophony of hues in an entire landscape, color both sets my heart on fire and soothes my soul. Through weaving, I hope to share with others the lightness of heart that colors give to me.