Haywood Community College
Member, Southern Highland Craft Guild
Member, Piedmont Craftmen
Vicki Essig is a full-time artist living and working in the mountains of North Carolina. Studio work includes weaving and paper making, collecting and observing. Her work is quiet, contemplative and deliberate. Vicki’s professional career began over two decades ago, when she studied hand weaving, textiles and design. She later became proficient at working with uncommonly fine yarns and slowly developed a body of work that incorporated intricate patterns with remnants of nature and fragments of old books. She recently built a new studio where she will continue her exploration of textiles along with paper, and book arts. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and can be found in the collections of North Shore University HealthSystem in Chicago Illinois; Fidelity Investment Bank in Raleigh North Carolina, Baylor University, University of Washington, and the Universities of California at San Diego and Santa Cruz.
I am fascinated with light and translucency, the contrast between the fragile, and the strong. With natural materials, I show the small and delicate as the powerful and significant. My work is comprised of fine handwoven fiber. I incorporate into these weavings small found objects that find a home in the subtle piece. The work is then framed with double glass, allowing for the intricate piece to remain transparent. Shadows originating from the composition give it an extra dimension.
In viewing my work, my hope is that you will for at least a moment, become lost in the discovery of the minute, the quiet of repetition, and beauty of nature and pattern.