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Weaving a room of color

February 23, 2009

Anne Bossert ('03, MFA) came to CSU from Denver with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in metalwork and jewelry. She wanted to make a living in the arts, and CSU is the only school in the state that offers a master's program in fiber arts, a discipline that includes weaving, cloth dyeing, knitting, and paper making.


Combining weaving with wood

Originally from Illinois, Bossert received her undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois University. After moving to Denver, Bossert worked in jobs where she learned about different types of fibers and textile construction, reweaving skills, and how to use power tools. She applied these skills to her studies and to her work with wood and cloth, which she combines to create her artwork.

“The woodwork is a frame for the cloth,” she says, and the various forms of her tables “provide different ways for the cloth to interact with the wood.” The woodwork Bossert creates includes side tables, reliquary coffee tables, tuffets (like the one sat on by Little Miss Muffet), and screens.

Emphasis on color

But the woodwork isn’t her focus. “I put a strong emphasis onHall table the colors,” says Bossert. Her vivid colors are inspired by nature. “I live four blocks from the CSU Horticulture Gardens. I do sketches there in the spring when the poppies and irises are blooming,” she says. She transfers those colors into dyes, which she uses on the wood and the thread for her cloths.

Bossert values her courses at CSU, including a dyeing and warp painting workshop through the Department of Design and Merchandising and the critique sessions from fellow art students. “The best part of grad school is the critique. People tell you if your intent comes through and if the form works,” she says. The critiques must have helped her. Bossert is receiving accolades for her furniture, including the Best in Show for Body of Work of Contemporary Furniture at the Milwaukee Fine Furnishings Show (2006).

You can see more of Bossert’s work at In addition to creating work from her own inspiration, Bossert also does work on commission.

Contact: Beth Etter
Phone: (970) 491-6533