Pam Moore has been studying and practicing art with an emphasis on fiber arts all her life. She received a BA in painting from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she completed independent study in knitted lace portraits. Recently time, inspiration, and experience have come together for Pam, enabling her to work in her chosen field of knitted lace with renewed determination and focus.
Pam’s pieces of hand knitted lace are constructed with a variety of lace-weight threads in cotton, linen, silk, nylon, and metallic threads, whose colors and textures inspire her. She relies on patterns of her own design and on traditional lace stitch patterns from many sources: Shetland lace and Barbara Walker books, for example. Pam incorporates stitch patterns into fabric in an interplay of color variations.
Repetitions of these variations express ideas and concepts that emerge through visualization of the world. Knitted landscapes reflect the natural world as well as internal spiritual experiences. Sometimes Pam’s lace reflects memories, perhaps a landscape is so beautiful in texture, color, and form, that the form is etched upon her retina. When Pam closes her eyes, the skeleton of the landscape remains, and this is what she attempts to capture in her work.
In the patterns and borders of her work, Pam expands on ideas of the center. The borders, reminiscent of traditional lace work, create tension between what is expected of lace, household decoration, and her artistic vision.
You can see through lace when you hold it against the light, seeing through it to the world beyond. The lace lends its form and structure to your view, just as memory of the past shapes and structures your view of the present. You can see through your memories as you can see through lace, and you can choose to allow memories and lace to shape your world. Memories are delicate and transparent, but eternal.
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