Dominica Lord-Wood has been a craftswoman for many years. As a young woman in Vermont, she earned a good living by making leather goods, hand crocheted work and hand sewn patchwork pillows. It was enough for a young woman living the simple life of a back-to-lander in the Northeast Kingdom.
After moving to Northern California, she decided to obtain a master's degree in cultural anthropology at California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. Research in cultural anthropology led to a fascination with the relationship between women, culture, eco-spirituality and traditional arts. As part of her master's thesis research, she attended the Gaelic College of Celtic Arts & Crafts in Cape Breton. In her weaving classes at the College, Dominica felt as if working on the loom connected her to foremothers who were also artists and craftswomen. This strengthened her desire to keep cultural traditions alive through her craftwork.
Today, living on the Olympic Peninsula, Dominica's primary creative focus is weaving baskets made of pine needles, often trimmed with ceramic or glass beads, sweet grass, pine cones, or walnut slices; traditional baskets, made of hand dyed reed and wood; or rustic baskets of reed, gathered weeds, and driftwood collected from the ocean and lake shores . Her baskets have been shown in various galleries and fine craft stores.
Dominica has been crocheting hats, scarves and sweaters for many years and continues to accept with pleasure, custom orders for crocheted clothing. She also weaves table runners, place mats and napkins from cotton yarn and scarves from a variety of wool or other fiber yarns.
This site shows only a few of the many fiber art designs she has made and continues to make for discerning customers and collectors.