Raeus Jae Cannon
Fiber Artist, Author, Speaker
Artist Statement
Imagine driving down a busy highway while wearing a blindfold when someone says: ‘Make a U-turn, now!’  In a nutshell, that’s my process.  I work without knowing what a project will ‘be’ until it ‘tells me’ and it tells me through vivid visions.  Then I work to manifest those visions into reality and the U-turns I encounter can be both confounding and thrilling!

I create both wearable and non-wearable art.  When working on wearable pieces, I find the back to be the most exciting.  Often overlooked, the back is the perfect, uninterrupted highway for my U-turns to manifest.

I was artistic most of my life.  Although I discovered fiber in college, life has a way of getting in the way: marriages, divorces, children, jobs, etc.  I learned to knit in 2006 but only found my artistic voice in 2012 while at a knitting retreat.  It was then that I made the decision to stop knitting and start creating.

When I was a child, I discovered my mother’s 1930’s Weave-It Pin Loom and much to her delight I was happy to sit for hours weaving squares, stacking squares, and organizing squares (but never did anything with them).  Today, my mother’s pin loom (and several others I’ve collected) has become an integral part of my artistic practice. While I combine mostly pin loom weaving and knitting, I also incorporate crochet, embroidery, beading, and other fiber methods.  My artwork pays tribute to my mother’s voice in my ear and life’s U-turns.

U-turns always show up in life and often they divert us from our desired path.  I strive to create beautiful U-turns that inspire us to find new paths.
-- Raeus Jae Cannon