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 begin.

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.  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