Miki Lovett has been working in fabric and fiber for over 50 years in one way or another. As a youngster Miki sewed almost all the clothes she wore and became interested in knitting, embroidery and other decorative needle arts.
Miki began weaving in 1976 while working on her Masters of Fine Arts at Boston University. Miki’s weaving developed from utilitarian pieces to artwork including warp painting. In 2008 she tore her rotator cuff and had surgery. She recovered almost all her mobility but the strength and stamina of the right arm is limited. Miki finally had to concede that her weaving days are over. But not her creative days!
Miki Lovett began marbling in 2000 but had the opportunity to study with Elin Noble in 2007. This experience set her off in quest of color on paper as well as textiles. Since her shoulder injury had interrupted her weaving, she took the opportunity to explore and experiment in this technique. She enjoys working with paper and exploring the possibility of controlling the marbling colors to a certain degree to produce representative pieces. As with the dye work in her weaving, it is the combination of controlling the process and responding to the surprises in the process that Miki enjoys.
For Miki, marbling is a conversation between order and chaos, control and spontaneity. Order is not imposed on chaos nor is control meant to suppress spontaneity. There is a conversation between the ‘given’, the way the color moves and expands on the size, and ‘manipulation’ of the color with the tools. It is never the same twice.
Miki use the traditional patterns, dating from the 12th century up to the present, as a base for studying the linear possibilities and for color studies. These patterns form a base from which more spontaneous designs can emerge.
Miki’s marbling has expanded and progressed rapidly and she is happily employed in marbling silk scarves, wooden boxes, paper to cover books, art pieces and basically anything that isn’t nailed down.
Solar Plate Printmaking
For many years Miki has been intrigued with print making but has never had the opportunity to pursue the study as the equipment is costly and print making involves toxic chemicals that she could not use at her in-home studio.
Traditional etching is a printmaking process that dates back 500 years. Unfortunately, it is not a very environmentally friendly technique, as it involves sheets of metal, usually made of copper or zinc, and acid used to etch the print onto the metal.
The Artists Association of Nantucket set up a ‘green’ print making studio when they opened their Visual Arts Center in 2015 making the equipment available to member artists and promoting the use of Solar Plate.
Solar plate is a light-sensitized steel-backed polymer material used as an alternative to hazardous printing techniques. It is a safe approach to etching and relief printing. Dan Welden, a master print maker, has always had a love of experimentation and an interest in making printmaking more user-friendly. In the early 1970s his investigations into safer and healthier methods led to the development of the technique now widely known as Solar plate printing. Solar plate printing or etching not only uses art supplies that are less toxic than those used in traditional printing methods, but are also more versatile.
Miki Lovett was happy to take advantage of the new print studio at the AAN to work in Solar Printmaking as well as other print arts. In addition, Dan Welden was an Artist in Residence at the AAN just as the print studio was getting underway. Miki served as his studio assistant during his residency.
Miki am particularly intrigued with the depth one can achieve in etching and the many techniques available to enhance the etching. There is much to explore and excite in this journey!
Mixed Media Award, Artists Association of Nantucket – 2015
Boston Weavers’ Guild Award of Merit – 1987
New England Weavers’ Seminar Award – 1985
‘Nantucket Island Living’, Winter 2009
‘Nantucket Independent’, Sept. 3, 2008
‘Cape Cod Life’ Arts Guide, Spring2008
The Weavers’ Journal
Artists Association of Nantucket, 19 Washington Street – 2001 to Present
Parchment Stationery, 11 Washington Street, Nantucket – Current
Nantucket Bookworks, 25 Broad Street, Nantucket – Current
Arts Council of Nantucket Arts Festival Exhibit 2005 to Present
Nantucket Looms, Main Street, Nantucket
Old Town Artisans Gallery, Tucson Arizona
The Pink Adobe Gallery, Tucson, Arizona
The Artisans’ Tree in Scituate, Massachusetts
Artists Association of Nantucket
Nantucket Arts CouncilSurface Design Association of America.
Please visit my Portfolio to view what is currently available and where it may be purchased. Most of my pieces can be purchased through my Etsy Shop. My studio/gallery (and apartment) is also open by appointment.