[Greek eklektikos, selective, from eklektos, selected, from eklegein, to select : ek-, out; see ecto- + legein, to gather; see leg- in Indo-European Roots.] Selecting or employing individual elements from a variety of sources, systems, or styles:
Bio: A sociology major in college, my intention was to combine clay work with community work, which I did for ten years.Clay was my medium and love, until 1986 when a collection of old bottlecaps was the inspiration for a line of jewelry and accessories. I developed a small cottage industry with sales around the world. From this fascination with vintage lithography on tin plated steel came my interest in working with vintage tin cans.
The past few years I have been making 'quilts', assemblages of objects and fabrics, woven together with stitches and glues. When I worked in clay or bottle caps and tin, the thread in my work was the human figure. And now my 'quilts' have evolved into figures as well.
Janet Cooper 02 06.
I am in love with the patinas of the used and the mysteries of the discarded. I am intrigued by the mechanics and precision of women's work: sewing, crocheting, knitting and quilting. I treasure the themes of memory and the common place. I am inspired by Textiles: the printed fabric pieces of unfinished quilts, embroidered hand and tea towels, braided and knitted rag rugs. These are my compulsions, visual excitements and the materials of my work.