Developing Designs

My life is incredibly hectic right now.  I’m not going to lie and say that I have been able to balance everything perfectly and find time to design. My design has been all over the board and without focus. So instead of staring blankly at the screen not knowing where to start, I have decided to share with you my process from the very beginning. The very raw and blank beginning. When I am looking for inspiration I tend to look towards fashion trend websites. The reason I do this that I can see palettes of colors in conjunction of Continue Reading…

Fiber Friday: Stephanie Metz

So, this past week has been a little bit crazy. I have been focusing on getting product off the loom and setting up arrangements at work to get ready to move in a couple months. It has been stressful. So to alleviate some of this stress here is an artist who I love. Stephanie Metz She is a felt artist who resides in San Jose, California. She received her BFA in Sculpture from the University of Oregon. Her works focus on overly domesticated creatures, especially those whose form has overgrown their function. Her work has been featured in “500 Felt Objects” Continue Reading…

New Year, New Focus

As a new year opens up in front of me, I sit back and reflect on what I have accomplished in the past year. And I feel like it could have been better spent. So I am developing a new focus for my life which will hopefully produce a greater outcome in the upcoming year. 2012 was a time of development- figuring out what I wanted to weave, what I wanted to do with my weaving and where I see myself in the future with weaving. All of this thinking and day dreaming laid the ground work for actual progress. Continue Reading…

Review: Warp & Weft

BOOK INFORMATION: Title: Warp & Weft: Woven Textiles in Fashion, Art and Interiors Author: Jessica Hemmings Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2012 SYNOPSIS: This book is a written catalogue of contemporary artists and designers who use weaving as their primary medium of expression. The author surveys different aspects of art in which weaving permeates: thread, light, motion, sound, emotion and community (these categories are also the corresponding chapters in the book.) The artist’s profiled in this book use new technologies with traditional techniques to create beautiful woven creations that can be useful or thought provoking. PROS: The profiles for each artist and the specific work Continue Reading…

Why I am Not Pursuing an MFA.

I am done with Undergraduate School. I am still very passionate about my craft and my work. I want to advance in my career and do something that in the end will feel like a great personal achievement. So, why I am not pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in my field? Simply put, at this moment in time an MFA isn’t going to help me advance in my field, nor can I decide what I want to study that intensively. I want to do it all. I have been focusing my energy on developing proper techniques for weaving, learning things Continue Reading…

Fiber Art and Design

There are so many focuses in the Fiber/Textile world that it would seem that there would be a clear deliniation between them all- so when you looked at something you say “That is design. That is art. And there is technology.” But textiles have a way of blurring the boundaries of these worlds (much like other craft arenas). I, personally, received a degree in design. Design is often defined as solving a problem. For example: this is a wing back chair from the 1940’s that the client would like time period appropriate fabric made for it. You must research the Continue Reading…