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…

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.

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…

Fiber Friday: Tumblr Inspiration

I missed Fiber Friday yesterday due to a weaving issue that had to be addressed. The past few days I have been making warp like mad and trying to get them on the loom so I can have enough product to sell! So for Fiber Friday I am going to post a bunch of links from some of my favorite tumblr pages. I am a very visual person so I enjoy looking at amazing historical and contemporary works of textiles to get my creative noggin jumpstarted, so here are a few of my favorite “jump starters” The Textile Museum The Continue Reading…

Fiber Friday: My Trip to Scotland

It is that time of the week for a little creative pick me up! A resource that I use frequently are images that I have that were taken on trips and outings. One extremely influential trip in my life was to Ullapool, Scotland. I went a couple years ago when I had received an Undergraduate Summer Research Grant through Buffalo State College for my project “Felting as a Sustainable Media”. With the grant I received I traveled to Scotland to take a workshop on creating felt and learning about natural dye processes. The workshop was put on by Wild Rose Continue Reading…

Review: Color and Texture in Weaving

BOOK INFORMATION: Title: Color and Texture in Weaving: 150 Contemporary Designs Author: Margo Selby Publisher: Interweave Press, 2011. SYNOPSIS: This is a weaving book that is geared towards inspiration. There isn’t necessarily projects spelt out, but there are suggestions for what the textiles could be used for. This book is definitely geared towards those who want to take their ideas and woven works to a new level. PROS: Weaving is such a visual and tactile medium and this book is really based on the visual stimulation. The images are bright and colors and there is very little text to break Continue Reading…