Since her tree-climbing tomboy days, ribbons have woven their way throughout Wende's world. Her discovery of a robin's nest— cleverly entwined with brand new hair ribbons— the likes of which had mysteriously disappeared from her sister's bedroom window ledge— opened the door to Wende's lifelong passion for weaving and design. Fascinated with the beautiful effects achieved through the use of unusual color and texture combinations, she created her own designs in a line of small home decorator pieces. This satisfied Wende's curiosity to work with unique fiber selections as she developed more intricate weaving patterns.
Much of her artistry was put on hold while she enjoyed a successful military career, but after retiring from the US Army in 1999, Wende was determined to turn her love for designing fiber art into more than just a daydream. Her present "repertoire" of ribbons and trims has been collected from all over the world and today, in her home studio on Kent Island, she creates beautifully woven ribbon and fiber art pieces for her growing clientele. Each work showcases ribbons and trims from throughout the United
States, Europe, or the Orient— with many "ribbons" artistically designed by Wende herself. There is wonderful creativity in her unique use of colors, texture mix, and weaving patterns as well as an uncommon versatility in her creation of art pieces within both the nostalgic as well as contemporary venues. Every twist of ribbon yields new and exciting possibilities as each artwork is customized to an individual client's surroundings.
Wende's weavings are exbibited locally and held in privatecollections throughout the world. Wende just wrapped up a solo exhibit at the prestigious Ginger Cove Community in Annapolis, Maryland. Plans are in the works for another solo show next Spring.