1000 Artisan Textiles: Contemporary Fiber Art, Quilts, and Wearables

I have a weak spot for books that have beautiful images of textile art and techniques. I saw this at the 2010 Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival and I HAD to have it. Then soon afterwards, I received a second copy of it in the mail from my Dad as a birthday present. So I have two glorious copies, one that I can photocopy and scan for mood boards, and the other with a perfectly intact binding that I can showcase. This book was written and compiled by two sisters who wanted to showcase the wonderful talents of textile artisans Continue Reading…

Revisiting Old Ideas

As I unpack boxes into bookshelves, I inevitably stumble upon my many sketchbooks from my years at college. The edges are always wavy from being taken out in the rain, or having dye splatter on them. The covers easily bend under my fingers. And in some the bindings are falling apart because I have tossed it into my bag so many times. I bring up my sketchbooks because it is a good exercise for me to revisit some old ideas and think on how I can utilize them with the knowledge I have now. Often when thinking of a new Continue Reading…

Designing with the Computer

I am a little bit of a technophobe. I find many computer programs to not be intuitive. It could be because I need to feel the permanence of actual materials under my hands rather then seeing pixels on the screen showing me the possibilities that could be possible. With that being said: I do understand the importance of computers in the developing craft movement. People are integrating wires and computer chips into fabric, we can digitally print jewelry, and we can make our artwork more interactive with sensors, robotics, and other crazy things. What I am interested in is weaving Continue Reading…

Top Five Inspiring Things for Your Eyes and Ears

I am part of a generation that has a very difficult time creating in absolute silence. Although I do enjoy the rhythmic beat of my loom as I work- I tend to lose focus and then the beat gets off and the pattern created has a glitch in it. When it requires true concentration I put on some music. But when I am doing a task that doesn’t require every single neuron to fire in my mind- I turn on a podcast or a video on my computer. I usually watch or listen to one or two and then my Continue Reading…

Fiber Friday: WeaveZine

Fridays are the time to rejuvenate, get excited, and start all the awesome things that the weekend allows you! The things that are inspiring me right now is getting stacked up for something awesome in the future. So, they will be in my back pocket for a while before I start letting you in my plans for fiber-awesomeness. So today, I will tell you about something that has been driving me to weave harder, faster, and with more passion. I love a good podcast. I have been listening to what seems to be the only podcast about weaving in iTunes: WeaveCast: Continue Reading…

Sneak Peek

I have many projects in the works right now and I will be winding down soon in order to pack up for the big move. This isn’t stopping me from getting the Spring Collection together. I will not tell you what the final outcome will be but I will show you the colors I will be using! I opted to go for a very simple basic woven structure with some beautiful color transitions. In future posts I will discuss what inspired these color decisions and why I decided to go this route with the Spring Collection. I look forward to 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…

Fiber Friday: Weave Color & Structure

The past few nights I have been staying up really late in photoshop, meticulously selecting colors from scanned images to create a digital color palette for Harrisville Designs yarn. I am working on developing patterns and colors for my Spring collection of scarves and shawls. So now I am in the research and and inspiration stage. I thought to share some of the images and textures that are going to inspire my next collection of weavings. I can’t wait to show you what kind of weave structures I have in mind that have spawned from these images.

What I Have Been Doing Lately

I was absent for a few days because of a few reasons: I was taking an early holiday vacation and I was doing some weaving on two looms at the same time- and time just got away from me. So I am back! And I wanted to show you some pictures of the current weavings in progress and a my thoughts on them. So a couple of weeks ago I stayed up very late and decided to create warp, without really planning. Just winding it unto to the warping board as I see fit. I wound on about 36 yards Continue Reading…