Weaving, quilting, needle arts, silk screening, and basketry are areas of fiber I’ve explored over the years. My current work is a culmination of reflections and experiences with techniques and concepts. When I first experimented with fiber, I worked in a two dimensional format. I found that I wanted to manipulate the flat surfaces into 3- dimensional forms. The discovery of basketry techniques enabled me to construct forms without constrictions of size or shape.
My experimentation with paper began over 20 years ago after discovering a variety of exquisite kozo papers in a shop in Japan. I was intrigued by the transparency and strength of the papers. Returning home, I began to use them for printmaking and then to apply the printed papers to the surfaces of my basket forms.
I had previously cast handmade paper, but found the forms weren’t flexible enough to manipulate. I experimented with layering mulberry papers using an acrylic adhesive to a basket form or other object, then removing it and manipulating it into the forms I desired. Coming from a textile background, I enjoy that paper has a memory and retains the textures from the objects it is cast on. It also has the freedom and flexibility to be painted, dyed, and altered, giving the illusion of weight, of being made of metal or clay.
I love to travel internationally and to visit Ethnological Museums. My work often reflects these experiences with other cultures. As for my philosophy -the process of creating is centering and exciting. It is important to me in my own work and when I teach, to encourage experimentation - new techniques, forms, materials, and content.
Wild Hares –Grouping 24”Wx25”Hx12”D
Mulberry papers cast on coiled baskets, painted, collaged, and embellished with “tongs” and other objects. 2018
Retail price - $625-900
Danielle Bodine has worked in textiles for over 35 years. Her work has been exhibited in museums, galleries and art centers internationally and is included in many private and corporate collections. Originally from Seattle, she studied clothing design at the University of Washington, Art Therapy at Bowling Green University and received a BFA from the University of Michigan in Weaving and Textile Design. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, most recently in Fiber Art Now – Excellence in Fibers, Installation Works Award, Winter 2017 and in Spring 2016, COLOR, TEXTURE, FORM: The Sculptural Basketry of Danielle Bodine Artist profile by Adrienne Sloane, Whidbey Life magazine, Fall 2015/Winter 2016 article, "Art Inspired by the Island" by Natalie Olsen, “All Things Considered IV, VII, and VIII”NBO Juried Shows and catalogs at Fullercraft Museum, 500 Baskets, Lark Books and Pulp Function, Fullercraft Museum. Nationally she has been an invited artist, teacher, and lecturer in museums, colleges and arts organizations focusing on contemporary concepts, methods and materials in the realm of fibers. In her studio on Whidbey Island, she offers opportunities for artists and members of the community to explore the many applications of fiber for creative expression.