Reimagining Old Fishing Rope: Rebecca Hooper Weaves Newport's Fishing Heritage into Every Strand
Step into the captivating world of Rebecca Hooper, a visionary artist leading an extraordinary woman-owned venture in the coastal paradise of Newport, Oregon. With a 19-year journey as a weaver, Rebecca's passion is in the pursuit of innovative weaving techniques and materials. The genesis of her weaving odyssey with retired fishing rope traces back to the serendipitous encounter with Maine lobsterman Dave Carter's rope doormats, designed in the 1970s. His innovative design sparked an artistic revolution around the world.
Rebecca's studio and store is nestled in the heart of Newport, Oregon amidst the blue economy pulse of Dungeness crab fishing. Rebecca's creative sanctuary breathes life into discarded fishing gear by weaving a tapestry of rope mats, baskets, and her iconic jellyfish sculptures. Her creativity expands with one-of-a-kind wreaths and woven wall art that embody the essence of Newport's thriving maritime heritage.
Each creation at Gypsea Weaver Studio is a testament to the resilience of the local fishery, a beacon of sustainability in a sea of waste, and a celebration of Newport's maritime spirit.