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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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No show this week, because we are running a digital show and sale for our weavers guild. You can check it out here : HMWG.org/show. See you next week with out interview with Angie Parker! Music by Guesthouse.
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/
This week we talk with Justin Squizzero of The Burroughs Garret in  Vermont. Squizzero challenges modern definitions of progress by creating functional textiles that celebrate the natural world and the dignity of human labor. Echoing a time when utilitarian objects were entirely handcrafted, his work connects material, maker, and user across time and place. Squizzero’s venture, The Burroughs Garret, draws on the textile traditions of his northern Vermont home, marrying natural dyes and fibers with a reserved aesthetic rooted in early New England. Produced on his 19th-century farm using 200-year-old hand looms, Squizzero’s textiles examine the role of handcraft in a post-industrial society, questioning the human experience in a digital age. Find Justin Online : Website | Instagram Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC Read full show notes and resources at : https://proweaverpod.com/episode-20 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 Constance Collins of Constance Art Couture from Indiana. Constance expresses her artistic voice through pattern and color. Using primarily alpaca, bamboo, silk and a dash of metallic for sparkle, she modifies traditional weave structures to create unique patterns. Her complex weave structures create a sense of rhythm and play as they interact with her bold warp and weft colors. Her strong sense of color comes through particularly in her art pieces. Similar to pointillism, she creates works that reveal deeper texture and strategy the closer you inspect. Find Constance Online : Website | Instagram | Facebook Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC Read full show notes and resources at : https://proweaverpod.com/episode-19 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 Constance Collins of Constance Art Couture from Indiana. Constance expresses her artistic voice through pattern and color. Using primarily alpaca, bamboo, silk and a dash of metallic for sparkle, she modifies traditional weave structures to create unique patterns. Her complex weave structures create a sense of rhythm and play as they interact with her bold warp and weft colors. Her strong sense of color comes through particularly in her art pieces. Similar to pointillism, she creates works that reveal deeper texture and strategy the closer you inspect. Find Constance Online : Website | Instagram | Facebook Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC Read full show notes and resources at : https://proweaverpod.com/episode-18 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 are talking with Francisco and Laura Bautista of Bautista Fine Hand Wovens from Oregon. Francisco (a fourth generation Master weaver) and his wife Laura were born in Teotitlán del Valle (teohtetlan del valyay), a Zapotec village in Oaxaca, Mexico. The weavings they create are inspired by the the beauty of traditional Zapotec weavings, Navajo art and the Bauhaus design. They are both fascinated by the infinite possibilities of crossing threads, and the magic of dancing with their looms. Even when honoring the ancient ways, they never forget that weaving is more than a museum piece- it continues to grow with each generation as a living art, combining tradition with new expressions of colors, imagery and symbolism. Find the Bautistas online : Website | Instagram Read full show notes and resources at : https://proweaverpod.com/episode-17 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 speak with David Jagger and Susan Mills from JaggerSpun yarns in Springvale, Maine. JaggerSpun yarns have been a staple in many weavers yarn stashes for many years. Their bright saturated colors in worsted yarn makes for beautiful suiting, wearables, and home goods that will last for years. I find the drape of the cloth produced to be light, weighted just enough, and comes together for a nice hand. Find JaggerSpun Online : Website | Instagram | Facebook Read full show notes and resources at : https://proweaverpod.com/episode-16 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 Hannah Wallace and her mother Joyce about their handwoven rugs from Easton, Pennsylvania. Together as 4th and 5th generation rag rug weavers, they upcycle all different materials into their weavings. Being able to share stories of where their fabric came from is just another level to the textured and often colorful pieces they create. We hope you enjoy our conversation as we talk about the technicalities of rag rug weaving, efficiency in dressing the loom, and being able to spot family weavings at auctions. Find Hannah & Joyce Online : Instagram | Facebook Read full show notes and resources at : https://proweaverpod.com/episode-15 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 are talking with Gail Parrinello owner of the Cornwall Yarn Shop in Cornwall, NY and President of the board for the Hudson Valley Textile Project. Gail started her yarn shop in 2004 with the intention of offering locally produced yarn, but at the time she was disappointed in the offerings that were available. That fueled her passion to create connections in our local supply chain that eventually developed into the Hudson Valley Textile Project. Now her store and many other places proudly carry Hudson Valley yarns on their shelves. Bringing our supply chain closer together and sharing their stories The Hudson Valley Textile Project recognizes, celebrates and supports a sustainable model of regionally sourced, processed, and manufactured fiber products.  While members may work independently, their communal action is in support of a farm to fashion fiber chain that supports local growers, processors, artisans, manufacturers, and consumers. Find Gail online : Cornwall Yarn Shop |Facebook Find HVTP online : Hudson Valley Textile Project | Instagram | Facebook Episode Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC Visit the Show Notes to see links to all of things we mentioned : https://proweaverpod.com/episode-14 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/
A little over ten years ago, Mary Jeanne started the Battenkill Fiber Mill, which processes raw wool and spins it into beautiful worsted yarn for both knitters and spinners. This small mill takes the raw fiber from our local fiber shed and takes it through all the stages necessary to make great yarn that is best for the the fiber itself. As part of the services the the mill provides, they have weaver’s on contract to help bring those yarns further to life by having them woven into heritage blankets that will showcase the best qualities and colors of the yarns created at the mill... Find Mary Jeanne Online : Battenkill Fibers Website | Instagram | Facebook | Fingerless Gloves Episode Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC Visit the Show Notes to see links to all of things we mentioned : https://proweaverpod.com/episode-13 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 are talking to Lindsey Wiseman of Central Oregon Textiles from Oregon. Lindsey’s woven work showcases the artistry and bold colors of a designer, and the meticulous balance and symmetry of an engineer, blending her careers together into cloth. She creates accessories for the home and fashion such as towels, scarves, travel bags, eyemasks, and jewelry cases, flexing her skills in both hand weaving and in sewing. I love how she explores colors and textures with different materials in her work, always exploring the options in which handwoven textiles can be applied in a functional way. Find Lindsay : Central Oregon Textiles | Instagram | Facebook | TikTok Episode Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC Visit the Show Notes to see links to all of things we mentioned : https://proweaverpod.com/episode-12 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 Kat Howard from New York. Kat Howard is a fiber artist who blends the literary nuances of poetry into the textural work of weaving. Her MFA background in Book Art and Creative Writing, has given her a clear voice and understanding in her practice as a sculptural tapestry weaver. She uses a variety of materials in order to address how the female body has been viewed over time. Her combination of utilizing visual art and poetry is simple, but fully charged: revealing women’s relationships to their bodies, and the roles that those bodies have played throughout history. Find Kat Howard online : Website | Etsy | Instagram | Facebook Episode Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC Visit the Show Notes to see links to all of things we mentioned : https://proweaverpod.com/episode-11 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/
We are doing a something a little different this week. We are talking to a business that utilizes handwoven fabrics from weavers in their final product. We would like to introduce you to Jamie from Jamie and the Jones from Nashville, Tennessee. Jamie and the Jones specializes in quality craftsmanship from the ground up, focusing on raw silks, hand-worked textiles, and garments grown, handwoven, and sewn in the United States. Jamie’s background in Fashion Design and Merchandising plus her experience in traveling the world researching and learning about handwoven fabrics, the inner workings of factories and the skilled labor involved has influenced her point of view regarding textiles, colors and collaborations. Read full show notes at https://proweaverpod.com/episode-10. Find Jamie & The Jones online : Website | Instagram Episode Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC Visit the Show Notes to see links to all of things we mentioned : https://proweaverpod.com/episode-10 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 Joseph Young of Interwoven from California. Joseph is a weaver who specializes in contemporary Zapotec weaving. For a little background, the Zapotec are an indigenous people that have lived in the Valley of Oaxaca for at least 2,500 years. Their one-of-a-kind weaving traditions have carried on to this day, showcasing unique colors and symbolism. Joseph, fell in love with this style of weaving and dove in, learning how to create tapestries in both the traditional and contemporary style. From the start of getting hand selected wool fibers spun for warp and weft, naturally dying the yarn, and executing the designs, he is intimately involved with each step of the weaving process, making these creations an extension of himself. Find Joseph Online : Website | Instagram Episode Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC Visit the Show Notes to see links to all of things we mentioned : proweaverpod.com/episode-9 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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