About the Artist
Monica Newman Moore twined her first bag in 1995 sitting in a Creek Indian living history camp of the 1770 era. From that time, she has researched the twining technique through archeological remains and surviving textiles in order to rediscover this beautiful and durable method of finger-weaving. She is now one of the leading practitioners of this nearly vanished art and has been commissioned to make reproductions for historical museums. Moore published a how-to book for twining in 2008. She lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and is a member of the West Alabama Fiber Guild.
After reading a passage in A Concise Natural History of East and West Florida by Bernard Romans, Moore was inspired to make a set of deer toe leggings, a unique musical instrument. Ms. Moore is part of the small group trying to recreate this practice of using the deer toe legging shakers for the tradition of stomp dancing.
Ms. Moore has several family members who are living historians. Rosa Newman Hall, her mother, demonstrates foods, family and women’s role in a Creek society. Her stepfather, John Hall has reenacted well-known history figures like William Bartram, Bernard Romans, and George S. Gaines. Walter Moore, her husband, adds fun with games of the era.