Kentucky Tourism

Fifield, Linda

McKee, KY


beaded vessels

For twenty-five years, Linda Fifield has been striving to perfect an ancient netting stitch using Czechoslovakian glass seed beads and nylon thread. She constructs these beaded "skins" over hollow wood vessels that her husband Jack, turns from Appalachian hardwood gathered from their 200-acre backyard.

The precision of the intricate stitch creates a pebbled, tactile surface that's sensuous to the touch while the rhythm of beading and necessary attention to minute detail brings about a clarity of mind akin to meditation.

She states, “Artistic commitment is a way of life, a continuation of a family's tradition of craftsmanship. Generations of women in my family have made hand work an integral part of the daily rhythm of life."