Toots Zynsky’s distinctive heat-formed filet de verre (glass thread) vessels enjoy widespread acclaim for their extraordinary and unique explorations in color. Defying categorization, her pieces inhabit a region all their own, weaving the traditions of painting, sculpture, and the decorative arts. Mary Ann Toots Zynsky was born in 1951 and raised in Massachusetts. Known professionally and to her friends as Toots Zynsky, she received her BFA in 1973 at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Providence. There, she was one of a group of pioneering artists studying with Dale Chihuly, who made studio glass a worldwide phenomenon.
Anastasia Azure handcrafts contemporary sculpture and jewelry exploring the elegance of geometry. By adapting an ancient textile technique, she weaves hand-dyed nylon and wire on a traditional floor loom. Her artwork explores the harmonious structure of the universe through serene symmetry. She completed her MFA in Textiles at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2011 and resides in Providence, RI. Her background is in jewelry metal arts. First introduced to jewelry fabrication in high school, she trained at the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, San Francisco, graduating in 2001. While earning her BFA in 2005 from California College of the Arts, she discovered weaving’s immense importance to her life’s work.
Rebecca Siemering was born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1974, and lives and works in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. She received a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis and is a fiber artist, arts administrator, and curator. For the majority of her career, she has explored the theme of “wanting the good life,” utilizing found materials. She produces animistic sculpture, textile art and paper for her “Lottery Project” by taking a daily walk in the neighborhood and picking up thrown away scratch tickets. Her methodical and compulsive style of stitch and needlework reflects the original obsession-to rise above the mundane, the sculpture embodying a soul that exists apart from the corporeal article of ink and pulp. Her recycled, paper-based work is in the collection of Fidelity Investments, and has traveled in shows with the Robert C. Williams Paper Museum, the Fuller Craft Museum and Fiber Art International.