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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.

Dominica moved from Northern California to Maine. While living and working in the Midcoast, she continued her education through a distance learning program of the California Institute of Integral Studies, going on to complete a Ph.D. in Humanities, with an emphasis on Transformative Learning. Her dissertation was titled, Creative Expression Among Women.

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.

Beaded Rim Basket

Dominica acknowledges that the waters, mountains, valleys and shorelines of the Olympic Peninsula are the traditional territory of the S’Klallam and Chemakum Indigenous People. She has sought to better understand the history of Native Peoples of the Olympic Peninsula, Salish Sea, and Pacific Northwest. Dominica has a deep appreciation for the rich traditions of Native cultures including: environmental issues, spiritual and social philosophies, as well as the wisdom these perspectives can bring into one's own life through participating in educational events and cultural experiences when invited and appropriate.

Dominica was honored to be asked to coordinate the  číčməhán (Chetzemoka): Then & Now Exhibit in 2019, which showcased historical and contemporary art and craft of the Salish Sea Coastal Tribes, particularly of the Jamestown S’Klallam peoples. As Program Director, for Northwind Arts Center, Dominica Lord-Wood, worked with Celeste Dybeck, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Elder, and Jo Blair, Co-Leader of the Native Peoples Connections, to organize the exhibit which was a complement  to the opening of the číčməhán (Chetzemoka) Interpretive Trail on the anniversary of Chief číčməhán's death, June 21st. 

This site shows only a few of the many fiber art designs she has made and continues to make for discerning customers and collectors.

Handwoven Baskets & Hand Crochet