WALDOBORO — Susan Perrine of Woolwich is Artist of the Month at Waldoboro Public Library, 958 Main St., through June 30.

A Child-Sized Dunkin’ Donut Jumper, made from stitched coffee bags and cotton by Susan Perrine.

Perrine grew up in Niagara Falls, in a family where you were expected to wield a hammer and thread a needle. She apprenticed with fiber artist Carol Schwartzott in a Rhode Island textile mill, using 19th-century water-powered equipment to learn how to work on industrial Jacquard looms. She studied fine and book arts at University of Southern Maine.

Perrine develops events that engage others in her fiber art adventures, sharing techniques while constructing outdoor installations. Her large twig garden structures have been built in numerous public and private spaces. One of the first was built at the Providence Waterfront Festival in 1998. She enticed festival goers to help construct a 10-foot diameter structure made of bamboo, maple and privet, transforming a hot, sunny spot on the lawn of the capital into a cool, inviting shelter.

Originally developed to teach weaving by engaging in collaboration, her twig garden structures have inspired others to build their own woven huts. More than three dozen structures have been built at public sites, including Artpark in Lewiston, N.Y.; Nantucket Island School of Design in Nantucket, Mass.; Boothbay’s Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens; Old Point Comfort Gallery in Waldoboro; and Troy Howard School in Searsport.

A variety of mediums make their way into her work. Cast off coffee bags, backyard saplings and papier-mâché all have potential and offer a contrast to the carefully prepared, hand-dyed warps used to produce colorful shawls. Craftsmanship is paramount and care is taken with attention to construction details regardless of the medium.

A scarf, made of dyed and woven wool, by Susan Perrine.

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