Jean Fortune Kaplan
decorative and functional fiber arts
The stories of my weavings are the language and music of nature visually represented with shapes, colors, and textures. The rhythms of the woodlands surrounding my studio in Piedmont North Carolina orchestrate my interactions with my materials. I work primarily with natural fibers to create wearable art, wall hangings, tapestries, functional pieces, 3-dimensional hangings, and installations. I delight in tactile details and am intrigued by the magical interplay of light, shadows, and colors unique to woven textures.
I am a weaver, editor, and farmer in southern Alamance County. I began weaving in the 1970s, after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Exploring varieties of creative expression, I studied weaving and tapestry techniques and attended the Penland School of Crafts. The several months I spent among remote villages and markets in Guatemala subsequently influenced my direction. I work primarily with natural fibers to create wearable art, tapestries, wall hangings, functional art, 3-dimensional hangings, and installations. I am a member of the Handweavers Guild of America, the American Craft Council, Alamance Arts, and Triangle Weavers and a founding member of the Alamance Artisans Guild.