Montana Circle of American Masters inductee and fiber artist Randy Glick enjoys spinning, weaving and
knitting surrounded by the mountains, plains and rivers of north central Montana. Although he spent all of his adult life
exploring the world in the Air Force, he now calls Montana home.
Randy began his fiber arts
career in earnest several years ago, but traces his knitting back several
decades to his youth in rural Wisconsin. A country doctor recommended that knitting
would be good physical therapy for Randy's broken arm at age nine. Randy's daughter Monica, herself a fiber
artist, kindled his interest in spinning and weaving. With a process engineering background, fiber
arts might not seem like a logical hobby, but Randy enjoys the challenge of
blending his educational background with the fiber arts, taking the processes
of spinning, weaving and knitting and exploring ways to perfect the methods. Along the way he has developed improved
approaches to many techniques, most notably spinning beaded yarns.
Randy gains inspiration for his
projects from the environment. He works
on ranches in the area, hikes and spends a lot of time in the outdoors where he
is always looking for a new idea. His
idea of the perfect project combines fibers from Montana
(wool, bison, Highland cattle) with nature's
endless palette of surprises. It was one
of these experiences that motivated Randy to create a series of handbags
depicting impressions he experienced at the Bird Creek Ranch outside of Great Falls. From the seasonal changes of the cottonwood
trees that hug the Missouri River to the white
tail deer in their warrens along Bird Creek, the handbags evoke the pastoral
atmosphere of the ranch.