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Dungeness Doormat made with recycled crab pot line used by commercial fishing fleets in Newport OR

A Weaver's Story

A woman owned and operated company, in Newport, Oregon.

As a weaver for over 15 years, I love experimenting with new techniques and materials. While searching for inspiration on weaving beach trash art, I came across lobster rope mats. That started me down a path of weaving with recycled crab pot line.


Lobster rope mats were designed in 2009 on the East coast in response to the ban of float line, used for lobster fishing, to protect the Northern Right Whale. Production of these mats saved miles and miles of float line from the landfill and provided revenue for fishing families during the off season. 

On the Oregon coast, Dungeness crab fishing is an important part of the local economy. As with all gear, it isn't functional forever. That drove my hunt for local, retired crab pot rope to repurpose and upcycle as woven mats, baskets, jellyfish and artistic tapestries. I found an abundance of retired rope to recycle and weave at the fishing docks and working directly with Newport commercial fishing fleets such as the F/V Last Straw and F/V Tana C.

Dungeness Doormats, Fishermen Baskets, jellyfish and rope art can be found in Newport, Oregon at Pirates Plunder, South Beach Surf Shop and the COVE Gallery in the NewsTimes building. Also available in Lincoln City, Oregon at Ginger Roots Home in the outlet mall.

Every item is a unique piece of the local fishery's history, 

supports Newport's commercial fishing fleets with an alternative to the landfill
and represents pride in Oregon's fishing culture.


Formal Education

2002 - Master's Degree, Biology. Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN.  Identified over 40,000 aquatic macroinvertebrates and evaluated known metrics for reliability and use for stream assessments. 

Weaving Training and Workshops

2022 - Fiona Hutchison - tapestry design and technique.
2021 - Rebecca Mezoff, color theory and tapestry techniques.
2020 - present. Kathe Todd-Hooker, apprenticeship for six months and ongoing workshops on French Gobelin tapestry techniques.
2020 - Tein Chu, color theory and weaving.
2015 - Jason Collingwood, rug weaving and shaft shifting.
2012 - Weaving Southwest Studio, Rio Grande and southwest rug weaving techniques.
2005 - 2014 - numerous online courses on pattern weaving.

Solo Exhibitions

2024 - Fiber Art Gallery, Lincoln City Cultural Center. Lincoln City, Oregon.

Juried Small Group Exhibitions

2022 - ART Toledo, Phantom Gallery. Toledo, Oregon.
2022 - Mayor's Art Show. Newport, Oregon

Unjuried Group Exhibitions

2023 - OCCA Members Show, VIsual Art Center. Newport, Oregon
2022 - Push Pin Show, Visual Art Center. Newport, Oregon.
2022 - Tiny But Mighty, American Tapestry Association, Knoxville, Tennessee.

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