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Through our interviews and discussions with weavers, manufacturers, show promoters, and patrons of the fiber arts we hope to build depth, transparency, and connection within the weaving community. We will also be taking your weaving questions to ask the experts.
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This week we are talking with Anne Low from Canada. Anne Low is a multi-disciplinary artist who uses sculpture, installation, textiles and printmaking to explore the relationship of historical contexts of contemporary functional objects and themes that occur, such as the domestic and the decorative. Her works highly focus on the physicality of an object and utilize her historic knowledge of weaving and various methodologies. She has been featured in many group exhibitions, held selected solo exhibitions, and was nominated for the Sobey Art Award in 2019 (Canada’s largest award for young Canadian artists). Her work is subtle and sublime, showcasing fine craftsmanship in the light of installation art. We hope you enjoy our conversation with Anne as we talk about weaving on frame looms, studying and learning old techniques, and dividing time between art and utilitarian weaving. Find Anne Online : Instagram - - Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC Read full show notes and resources at : https://professionalweaverpodcast.com - - Sponsor the Podcast : Become A Sponsor Support the Podcast : Become A Patron (Shop on Amazon) Music by Rawhead The Wreckloose : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/ Rawhead the Wreckloose's new album 'Cold Bill' : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/album/cold-bill Intro Music : Guesthouse
This week we are talking with Lucy MacDonald of Arra Textiles from Scotland. Arra Textiles is named after Lucy’s great grandmother, Arra MacDonald, born and brought up on Orkney, she passed down her love of textiles to Lucy. After graduating with a degree in textile design at university, Lucy worked for a range of different companies before deciding to invest in a loom and start her own business. Her work is inspired by the ever changing sea scapes that are near and far from her home and studio. The desire to travel always pulls her in directions of different coastlines from the archipelagos of Finland, the southern coast of Australia, or the beautiful coastlines in Scotland. Each year she produces a small collection of bespoke scarves which are woven using hand-dyed locally sourced yarn. While creating, she strives to produce as little waste material as possible by using every last bit of material and reselling any yarn cone ends. The majority of the yarn she uses is sourced in Britain, maintaining the traceability factor in her work. With her zero-waste production policy and emphasis on traditional craftsmanship, she can be sure that her work will become timeless heirlooms to be enjoyed for generations to come, before biodegrading naturally at the end of its’ lifespan. We hope that you enjoy our conversation with Lucy as we talk about her education, what it was like starting up her own studio, and what goes into her complex woven designs. Find Lucy Online : Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest - - Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC Read full show notes and resources at : http://proweaverpod.com/episode-35 - - Sponsor the Podcast : Become A Sponsor Support the Podcast : Become A Patron (Shop on Amazon) Music by Rawhead The Wreckloose : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/ Rawhead the Wreckloose's new album 'Cold Bill' : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/album/cold-bill Intro music : Guesthouse
34 : Comfortcloth in 2020

34 : Comfortcloth in 2020

2021-02-1401:04:24

We heard you, and this week we are talking about… ourselves! We were recently asked to give a presentation about what we do and we thought this would be a good opportunity to share it with you. We talk about how we were ramping up our business before the pandemic, how we pivoted, and how we are working on growing our business and our weaving skills today. 2020 was a doozy for all of us, but somehow we managed to not only survive, but our business started to thrive. It was a fun presentation that we are using as our jumping off point for our upcoming talk at the “Careers in Textiles Symposium” hosted by the Handweavers Guild of America. This is a two-day online symposium, spotlighting leading professional and industry trendsetters, sharing their experiences and providing insights on the diverse and changing landscape of textiles and fiber art. The symposium is open to all, but is geared toward young professionals, recent graduates and students. We will be speaking on Friday, March 19th at 4 pm. We are passionate about connecting the new generation of textile designers, artists, and creators with people who have been in different facets of the industry to create a mentorship bond to help everyone grow. We know we wouldn’t be where we are now without the guidance and support of others who have blazed the trail ahead of us. We hope that we can connect with future professionals and help guide them into finding or creating their own careers within the textile community. So, enjoy the audio portion of this presentation, and if you are interested, there is a video of this prevention with the accompanying slides and media in the show notes. We hope that you will tune in to join us and other amazing professionals during the “Careers in Textiles Symposium” taking place March 19th and 20th. - - Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC Read full show notes and resources at : http://proweaverpod.com/episode-34 - - Sponsor the Podcast : Become A Sponsor Support the Podcast : Become A Patron (Shop on Amazon) Music by Rawhead The Wreckloose : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/ Rawhead the Wreckloose's new album 'Cold Bill' : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/album/cold-bill Intro music : Guesthouse
This week we are talking with Bridgette Extraordinaire of Raanu Handwoven from Oregon. Raanu Handwoven is a closed loop production, meaning that Bridgette will reuse material waste created during the production process for additional products. She begins with mill end yarn, which is rescued from large manufacturing houses where they were destined for the landfill. That yarn is then woven by hand in the US without the use of electricity, utilizing mechanical Dobby looms to create beautiful patterns and textures. Each garment is woven to size, which significantly reduces the amount of scrap left on the cutting room floor. What remains will then be transformed into additional product. A trademark of her work is that the warp threads are plied, producing a beautifully subtle gradient in the cloth. Raanu came about from the master passing along their knowledge and tools to their apprentice, continuing the weaving legacy. We hope you enjoy our conversation with Bridgette as we talk about her apprenticeship, pricing, what it takes to create a new line of wearables, and more. Find Bridgette Online : Website | Instagram - - Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC Read full show notes and resources at : http://proweaverpod.com/episode-33 - - Sponsor the Podcast : Become A Sponsor Support the Podcast : Become A Patron (Shop on Amazon) Music by Rawhead The Wreckloose : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/ Rawhead the Wreckloose's new album 'Cold Bill' : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/album/cold-bill Intro music : Guesthouse
This week we are speaking with Margot Becker from Hudson, New York. Margot Becker is an artist, weaver, and educator.  Margot Handwoven is her line of functional, versatile textiles that playfully explores the intersections of art and craft.  Each one of a kind piece is created by combining traditional patterning and techniques with intuitive design. All of her textiles are one of a kind and designed on loom to be worn and loved in your everyday. Margot Handwoven originated as part of an independent study of the process of creating textiles from start to finish, born from a deep desire to understand the origins and lives affected by the production of the cloths that surround us in our day to day. In 2010 Margot moved to the Hudson Valley to work with Buckwheat Bridge Angoras, a fiber farm with a solar and wind-powered fiber mill on site. For eight years Margot worked on the farm and in the mill where she aided in the process of growing and spinning the wool and mohair she uses in her textiles. Choosing to devote her time to her weaving practice, she no longer works directly with the animals. However, she continues to uphold her values of the conscientious production through careful research of material sources, full transparency of fiber content, and micro-scale production. We hope you enjoy our conversation as we talk to Margot about weaving as an artist and a craftsperson, creating with a transparent supply chain, and pricing her work. Find Margot Online : Website | Instagram - - Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC Read full show notes and resources at : http://proweaverpod.com/episode-32 - - Sponsor the Podcast : Become A Sponsor Support the Podcast : Become A Patron (Shop on Amazon) Music by Rawhead The Wreckloose : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/ Rawhead the Wreckloose's new album 'Cold Bill' : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/album/cold-bill Intro music : Guesthouse
This week we are speaking with William Storms from New York. William is a professional weaver in both the industrial and artistic realm. Through his industrial work he is working with Jacquard looms and designing intricate repeat designs that will be translated for use in the public realm. His artistic work explores materials and hand manipulation to create dynamic pieces of art. One of his ongoing pieces is a rug that was woven with bullets collection within a respective country to weave a ballistic map. Each of the bullet casing’s headstand reveals the country and manufacturer of origin. These maps were woven during his residencies at the Museum of Art and Design in NYC, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, Massachusetts, and the Governors Island Residency in NYC. A new project where his artistic vision and industrial knowledge have blended together is working in conjunction with Crosby Street Studios to create a collection of handwoven custom rugs. These rugs explore the tradition of American Craft through a modern lens. It is his first collaboration of this kind and the rugs are available in four colorways, as well as fully custom colors and sized to order. We hope you enjoy our conversation as we talk to William about how he found his way to weaving, how his art and industrial practices feed into each other, and where he sees his working moving to in the future. Find William Storms Online : Website | Instagram William Storms x Crosby Street Studios : Website - - Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC Read full show notes and resources at : http://proweaverpod.com/episode-31 - - Sponsor the Podcast : Become A Sponsor Support the Podcast : Become A Patron (Shop on Amazon) Music by Rawhead The Wreckloose : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/ Rawhead the Wreckloose's new album 'Cold Bill' : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/album/cold-bill Intro music : Guesthouse
This week, we will be sharing the audio from the first round table, just incase you missed it. This was a great discussion about the value of textiles and we hope that you enjoy our discussion. Next week we will continue with the regular podcast. We have been talking to some great folks and we can’t wait to share them with you. We just needed one more week to get back on track. If you have any questions that come up from watching the demonstration comment on the post linked below or please feel free to send us an email at hello@proweaverpod.com. - - Watch the video : https://professionalweaversociety.org/podcast/bonus-3/ Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC - - Sponsor the Podcast : Become A Sponsor Support the Podcast : Become A Patron (Shop on Amazon) Outro Music by Rawhead the Wreckloose : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com Rawhead the Wreckloose's new album 'Cold Bill' : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/album/cold-bill Intro Music by Guesthouse
The Bauhaus, an acclaimed school that embraced the principle of equality among artists and the arts alike, has continued to influence and impact American art long since it’s closure. The weaving workshop in particular was a place of developing aesthetic and supporting innovative teaching methods. Many weavers have “On Weaving” by Anni Albers sitting in their bookshelf. But, is that the epitome of weaving advancement? Are there other weavers who have pushed the boundaries of design and theory? Our upcoming round table, “Beyond the Bauhaus”, we are talking with Evee Erb, Tegan Frisino, Lilly Marsh, and Justin Squizzero with Eric Frisino as the moderator, different influences for our work. During the discussion we will explore inspiring weavers, techniques and methods, and other sources of inspiration. We hope you join our conversation as we explore “Beyond the Bauhaus” what inspires our panelists. If you have any questions that come up from watching the demonstration comment on the post linked below or please feel free to send us an email at hello@proweaverpod.com. - - Watch the video : https://professionalweaversociety.org/podcast/bonus-3/ Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC - - Sponsor the Podcast : Become A Sponsor Support the Podcast : Become A Patron (Shop on Amazon) Rawhead the Wreckloose's new album 'Cold Bill' : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/album/cold-bill Music by Guesthouse
This week, Eric will be demonstrating rug weaving on his Varpapuu loom. If you have any questions that come up from the demonstration, comment on the post or feel free to send us an email at hello@proweaverpod.com. Watch the Video : https://professionalweaversociety.org/podcast/bonus-2/ - - Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC - - Sponsor the Podcast : Become A Sponsor Support the Podcast : Become A Patron (Shop on Amazon) Rawhead the Wreckloose's new album 'Cold Bill' : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/album/cold-bill Music by Greenhouse
This week, we have a recorded live video of Tegan demonstrating on her AVL loom and talking about how she got into weaving, the pros and cons of the AVL, and answering questions. If you have any questions that come up from watching the demonstration comment on the post linked below or please feel free to send us an email at hello@proweaverpod.com. Watch the Video : https://professionalweaversociety.org/podcast/bonus-1/ - - Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC - - Sponsor the Podcast : Become A Sponsor Support the Podcast : Become A Patron (Shop on Amazon) Rawhead the Wreckloose's new album 'Cold Bill' : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/album/cold-bill Music by Greenhouse
This week we are talking with Anne Fernweh of Witch Craeft from Vermont. In her bio, Anne quotes Alexander Langlands by saying "To be craefty is all about resourceful living and about going back to the basics: a mindful life achieved through beautiful simplicity." Her work envelops this idea, making each piece personal, thoughtful, and powerful in its grace. While she was earning her Master’s Degree in Dress and Textile histories in Scotland, the seeds for Witch Craeft were sewn. The business grew out of her desire to blend her love of textiles with her earth based spirituality, graduate studies and the ancestral tradition of handweaving. Since childhood she has been delighted by textile art "transmuting mundane fibers into magical heirlooms", learning techniques and skills from the hands of her mother and grandmother. Find Annie Online : Website | Instagram - - Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC Read full show notes and resources at : http://proweaverpod.com/episode-30 - - Sponsor the Podcast : Become A Sponsor Support the Podcast : Become A Patron (Shop on Amazon) Music by Rawhead The Wreckloose : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/ Rawhead the Wreckloose's new album 'Cold Bill' : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/album/cold-bill Intro music : Guesthouse
This week we are talking with Jovencio de la Paz from Oregon. Jovencio is an artist, writer, and educator. His work explores the intersection of textile processes such as weaving, dye, and stitchwork as they relate to broader concerns of language, histories of colonization, migrancy, ancient technology, and speculative futures. Interested in the ways transient or ephemeral experiences are embodied in material, de la Paz looks to how knowledge and experiences are transmitted through society in space and time, whether semiotically by language or haptically by made things. He is currently Assistant Professor and Curricular Head of Fibers at the University of Oregon. I am drawn to his work by the organic patterns that he creates using the TC-2 loom. The work is beautiful intricate and bold at the same time, drawing the viewer in for a closer examination. It is interesting to try and follow the pattern line through all of it’s evolutions through the cloth. We hope you enjoy our conversation as we talk about how he came to weaving, his inspiration, using a TC2 loom, the accessibility of complex weaving and more. Find Jovencio Online : Website | Instagram - - Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC Read full show notes and resources at : http://proweaverpod.com/episode-29 - - Sponsor the Podcast : Become A Sponsor Support the Podcast : Become A Patron (Shop on Amazon) Music by Rawhead The Wreckloose : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/ Rawhead the Wreckloose's new album 'Cold Bill' : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/album/cold-bill Intro music by Greenhouse
This week we are talking with Angie Parker of Angie Parker Textiles in Bristol, England. In 2014, she established her business by creating distinctive and intricate rugs and textile art. Her speciality is in using traditional weaving techniques, such as krokbragd and giving them a fresh outlook in modern colors and proportions. Her distinctive style was developed while she pursued a career in costume design. While working, she would continue to weave on small scale collections. Through these collections, she was able to combine her instinctive weaving and daring approach to color with time honored techniques, bridging the gap between traditional and contemporary. After time spent in India, and more recently, the colorful graffiti and houses in her Bristol neighborhood, her color palette has been influenced in a way that connects with the viewer in a joyful and exciting way. We hope you enjoy our conversation as we talk about what it takes to start a business, pricing her work, the arts education in the United Kingdom, krokbragd, and the joys of color. Find Angie Online : Website | Instagram | Facebook - - Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC Read full show notes and resources at : http://proweaverpod.com/episode-28 - - Sponsor the Podcast : Become A Sponsor Support the Podcast : Become A Patron (Shop on Amazon) Music by Rawhead The Wreckloose : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/ Rawhead the Wreckloose's new album 'Cold Bill' : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/album/cold-bill Intro music by Greenhouse.
This week we talk with Jessie Mordine Young from New York City. Jessie is a textile curator, teacher and maker, primarily focusing on weaving and tufting. In some of her most recent bodies of  work, Jessie responds to her time spent in rural landscapes. She spent time living in Ireland, a small village in Iceland and in the Adirondacks. Her time in secluded places left her feeling energized and inspired. After having months to engage in deep thought on her practice, sincere observance, and connection to her surroundings, a new series of woven work that reflects her meditative experience has emerged. Find Jessie online : Website | Weaving Instagram | Art Instagram ‘Extra Paint – The @Muralists Podcast’ : Apple | Instagram - - Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC Read full show notes and resources at : https://proweaverpod.com/episode-27 - - Sponsor the Podcast : Become A Sponsor Support the Podcast : Become A Patron (Shop on Amazon) Music by Rawhead The Wreckloose : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/ Rawhead the Wreckloose's new album 'Cold Bill' : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/album/cold-bill Intro music by Greenhouse.
This week we talk with Jackie Jarit Sobel, the Director of the craft show producer Artrider. Artrider Productions Inc. has been nationally acclaimed for producing innovative events in the Northeast since 1982 and produces shows and festivals that maintain the highest standards and reflect an unwavering commitment to excellence. Their events have been ranked among the top nationwide. We hope you enjoy the first part of our conversation with Jackie as we talk about the ins and outs of producing a high caliber craft show. Find Artrider Online : Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter Find the Live Events Coalition : https://nynjeventscoalition.com - - Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC Read full show notes and resources at : https://proweaverpod.com/episode-26 - - Sponsor the Podcast : Become A Sponsor Support the Podcast : Become A Patron (Shop on Amazon) Music by Rawhead The Wreckloose : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/
This week we will be talking with April Zellinger of Zelllinger Wool Company from Frankenmuth, Michigan. The Zellinger Wool Company, founded in 1910, has been taking natural fibers that are renewable, biodegradable and making it into a product that will be used in homes across America. They are both a processing fiber mill, taking in a large variety of fiber types to produce roving, batting, combed top, and yarn. They also have the capabilities to produce final products such as socks, gloves, and hats. We hope you enjoy our conversation as we talk about the history of the mill, their spinning process, going to shows as a mill, and creating with wool from the United States. Find Zeilinger's Online : Website | Instagram | Facebook - - Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC Read full show notes and resources at : https://proweaverpod.com/episode-25 - - Sponsor the Podcast : Become A Sponsor Support the Podcast : Become A Patron (Shop on Amazon) Music by Rawhead The Wreckloose : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/
This week we talk with Erika Hewston, a sculptural and wearable weaver from Pennsylvania. Though Erika has skills as a quilt maker and repairer, she is primarily a weaver of functional wearable items and luscious textured wall hangings. All of her work focuses on the interaction of vibrant color to create striking statement pieces. Using a variety of materials for her wall hangings, she invites the viewer to explore the depth of color created. And with her wearables she focuses on the drape and texture to let the wearer encompass the rich colors and textures gracefully with next to skin softness. She views and uses her work as an escape from the craziness of the real world, creating whimsical landscapes to get lost in. We are having her on the podcast this week to help promote her first solo show, “Contemporary Weavings”. We hope you enjoy our conversation with Erika as we talk about the separation of function and decoration, sourcing materials, what it is like starting out as a professional weaver, and her first solo exhibition Find Erika online : Website | Instagram | Facebook Erika’s Exhibition : Gallery Info | Show Card - - Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC Read full show notes and resources at : https://proweaverpod.com/episode-24 - - Submit your Weaving Question : Ask a Weaving Question! Sponsor the Podcast : Become A Sponsor Support the Podcast : Become A Patron (Shop on Amazon) Music by Rawhead The Wreckloose : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/
This week we will be talking with Evee Erb from North Carolina. Erb is a nationally award-winning American Artist who graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2016 with a BFA in Ceramics. During her time at MICA she also studied illustration and textile design. After studying ceramic sculpture in Florence, Italy, and receiving her degree, she returned to her hometown in Durham, North Caroling, where she has worked at the North Carolina Museum of Art, taught workshops at a variety of art centers, served on curatorial jury panels, and given lessons and art talks at various institutions. Through her work, she studies the figure through a contemporary lens, focusing on human connection and mortality. Her interdisciplinary work explores the impact of anxiety and trauma on identity and gender expression. Finding herself constantly aware of the connections between memory, body and media, she presents the human form examining the dissonance between the psyche and external patriarchal culture. The pliable connections between the physical and psychological are illustrated by the intimacy between the figure and its surroundings. Her resulting work, showing the explorations between mind, body, and healing, evoke personal narratives in psychologically charged environments, questions the impact of gender and identity on our perception of subjective reality. We hope you enjoy our conversation as we talk about weaving’s place in the craft world, making mistakes, advice, and more. Find Evee Online : Website | Instagram | Patreon Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC Read full show notes and resources at : https://proweaverpod.com/episode-23 Submit your Weaving Question : Ask a Weaving Question! Sponsor the Podcast : Become A Sponsor Support the Podcast : Become A Patron (Shop on Amazon) Music by Rawhead The Wreckloose : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/
This week we talk with Brienne Rosner, the Gallery Director of the Peters Valley School of Craft, located in Layton, New Jersey. Peters Valley School of Craft, founded in 1970, is nestled amid the field, forests and streams of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. The historic buildings have been adapted to serve as a gathering place for a thriving community of artists and environmentalists, thinks and changers of the world. Peters Valley is considered a thought leader in the field of fine craft and one of the top five institutions of its kind in the United States. Peters Valley champions the unifying power of art, craft, and creativity; celebrating the diversity of our shared humanity. Their mission is to enrich lives through the learning, practice, and appreciate of fine crafts. Enjoy the conversation between Eric and Brienne as they talk about the history of Peters Valley and the craft fair, what have been the challenges of establishing a virtual craft show, and to speculate on the future of the craft show market. Find Peters Valley Craft School Online : Website | Instagram | Facebook Find the 50th Annual Peters Valley Craft Show Online : Event Info & Tickets Find Complete Show Notes here : https://proweaverpod.com/episode-22 Sponsored by Comfortcloth Weaving : https://comfortclothweaving.com Sponsor the Podcast : Become A Sponsor Support the Podcast : Become A Patron (Shop on Amazon) Music by Rawhead The Wreckloose : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/
This week we will be talking with Evee Erb from North Carolina. Erb is a nationally award-winning American Artist who graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2016 with a BFA in Ceramics. During her time at MICA she also studied illustration and textile design. After studying ceramic sculpture in Florence, Italy, and receiving her degree, she returned to her hometown in Durham, North Caroling, where she has worked at the North Carolina Museum of Art, taught workshops at a variety of art centers, served on curatorial jury panels, and given lessons and art talks at various institutions. Find Evee Online : Website | Instagram Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC Read full show notes and resources at : https://proweaverpod.com/episode-21 Submit your Weaving Question : Ask a Weaving Question! Sponsor the Podcast : Become A Sponsor Support the Podcast : Become A Patron (Shop on Amazon) Music by Rawhead The Wreckloose : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/
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