Pat Moritz was born, raised and lived in St. Louis, MO until her retirement in 2011 when she and her husband, Mike, moved to Boone, NC. Pat began weaving in 1987. An award-winning and published artist, Pat has woven various styles of basketry and vessels - Nantucket, sculptural design, twills, coiling with pine needles and contemporary gourds. She has used reed, waxed linen, natural materials such as pine needles, barks and vines, gourds, antlers, foraged forest materials, cane as well as hand-painted paper, threads, wire, yarns, metals, alcohol inks and sometimes recycled materials such as stereo speaker wire, plastic tubing, or videotape.
"Designing my own pieces for the last few years has opened up a new world to me not only through the design process but also in experiencing fulfillment, meditation, satisfaction and yes, even frustration. Coiling with pine needles since 2014 has allowed me to expand my experiences with color and other materials more than with other mediums. I find that coiling with pine needles and native grasses has become my obsession and I'm finding it very rewarding and challenging to design pieces with these natural materials."
"Contemporary basketry as my art form is always changing and demanding more of my mind, heart, experience and expression."
Pat has been juried into various exhibitions, including the National Basketry Organization, Handweavers Guild of America and Fiberworks Gallery in British Columbia, Canada. She has been a featured exhibitor at the Blue Ridge ArtSpace in Boone, NC and Edgewood Cottage in Blowing Rock, NC.
Pat also has her art at Main Street Gallery in Blowing Rock, NC