Fiber Art portfolio

What is Hoggut?

Gut is a marvelous material to work with, not easy but challenging.  It often has a mind of its own.  I have to wash it, let it dry, feed it onto a dowell, and cut it into workable lengths.  It gives me the ability to make uncommon three dimensional forms. 
Indigenous Alaskans use walrus and bearded seal intestines for waterproof parkas and footwear, often decorating the garments with dyed yarns and furs. Though few artists exploring this medium today, indigenous people frequently used it for clothing and ritual objects.