Boundary Waters

I am drawn to the remote north woods of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness on the Minnesota/Canadian border. It is one of the most remote and wild places I have ever been.  The visitor travels by canoe and brings only what they can carry in a backpack. The lakes are connected by small, discrete portages that require you to carry your canoe and gear over unpredictable terrain to the next lake.  When I visit the Boundary Waters, I am reminded to live simply, to notice small details and absorb my surroundings.

These tapestries are an abstraction of the quintessential scenes in the BWCAW.  I want to be able to step into the scene and feel the route I paddle or the sunset over the lake.  The simple design reminds me to travel light and live unencumbered.

In this series, I start with a photograph and abstract the image into the rug design.  I developed a color palette to express the joy and delight I feel while in the Boundary Waters.