Medium: Fibre Arts
Location: Gibsons, BC
Member Since: 1989
Growing up in the Caribou region of BC, Terry Bigham was a fibre artist from a young age. She first started sewing her own clothes at age seven, and had learned to knit and crochet by age twelve; in high school, she excelled in clothing construction. This natural talent led her to study at the School of Home Economics at the University of British Columbia where she learned fibre science and the basics of dyeing, spinning and weaving.
Terry's joy of weaving is sparked by her passion for colour and the textures of high quality natural fibres. Preferring the clear, bright colours that chemical dyes can provide, Terry was moved to experiment on her own with chemical dyes, learning how to manipulate colour through and trial and error, and plenty of practise. She later also took a dyeing workshop with Judith McKenzie in 1989.
Today, Terry does all her own weaving on a four harness Leclerc floor loom. She likes to add texture to her finished pieces by combining mercerized cotton, silk or bamboo rayon warp yarns with animal fibre weft yarns, such as merino wool, alpaca, cashmere, yak, camel, silk or blends of these fibres. To add colour, Terry usually dip-dyes the warp yarns, but also occasionally tie-dyes or hand paints them.
“My colour inspiration comes from nature, such as backyard flower gardens, and the paintings of other artists.”