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Professional Weaver Podcast

By Professional Weaver Society
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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51 : John Paul Morabito
This week we are speaking with John Paul Morabito of Chicago, Illinois. John Paul is a transdisciplinary weaver who engages the medium of tapestry reimagined in the ditigial age. Their work outputs woven forms, moving images, and relational actions to imagine queer grace. Their work has been exhibited internationally, including but not limited to the Zhejiang (zhuh-zhong) Art Museum in China, Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Projects in New York and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas. They also have work in collections like the Textile Resource Center at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. They have presented papers at the College Art Association Conference and the Textile Society of America Symposium, published essays with Art China, the China Academy of Art Textile Reader 2, and the Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice. Morabito holds a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where they currently serve on the faculty as an Assistant Professor, Adjunct of Fiber and Material Studies. We hope you enjoy our conversation with John Paul as cover how they discovered weaving early in their life, queer identity and creation through textiles, the future of weaving and more. Find John Paul Online : Website | Instagram - - Join the Discord : https://professionalweaversociety.org/join-the-discord/ - - Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC Read full show notes and resources at : https://professionalweaversociety.com/podcast - - 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
01:03:31
July 18, 2021
50 : Erin Riley on becoming a weaver, establishing her artistic voice, how she fits into the weaving community and more!
This week we are speaking with Erin Riley from Brooklyn, NY. Erin is a tapestry weaver who has dedicated her time and life to creating tapestries that portray different aspects of culture that are either overlooked or are difficult to confront. Since receiving her MFA from the Tyler School of Art she has done many solo and group exhibitions all over the country and the world and has received many awards. Her work often focuses on the darker side of our culture. A few of the subjects she has covered have been nude figures from pornography or selfies, drug paraphernalia, and mental illness. The tapestries she creates has evolved over time to showcase her skills as a weaver, but also her eye as a dedicated artist. We hope you enjoy our conversation as we talk to Erin about how she became a weaver, discovering and establishing her artistic voice, and how she feels she fits into the weaving community. Find Erin Online : Website | Instagram - - Join the Discord : https://professionalweaversociety.org/join-the-discord/ - - Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC Read full show notes and resources at : https://professionalweaversociety.com/podcast - - 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
01:11:59
July 11, 2021
49 : Tommye Scanlin on how she came to be a weaving teacher, what inspires her tapestries, and the process of writing her books.
This week we are talking with tapestry Weaver, Tommye Scanlin, who resides in the Southern Appalachian region. Tommye is an artist who observes and responds to her surroundings for inspiration. Her primary artistic medium is handwoven tapestry, an ancient method of working with fibers to create images. As she seeks images and ideas to interpret into tapestry she experiences her surroundings as closely as She can. Photographs, sketches, paintings, and writings all are part of the research she puts into her work. She has been living in the southern Appalachian mountains for most of her life and her surroundings are filled with the natural forms of woods, streams, and fields. Her eyes are frequently drawn to the myriad details of the landscape and many of her tapestries are based on aspects of those details, simplified and enlarged in a weaving. Tommye has also written two books on the topic of creating tapestry weavings: “The Nature of Things: Essays of a Tapestry Weaver” and her newest book “Tapestry Design Basics and Beyond: Planning and Weaving with Confidence.” Her passion for teaching others is infectious, and she is always learning new things to pass along to others. It is inspiring and we hope that you snag her books to read up on her awesome tapestry weavings. Find Tommye Online : Website | Instagram | Buy The Nature of Things | Buy Tapestry Design Basics and Beyond - - Join the Discord : https://professionalweaversociety.org/join-the-discord/ - - Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC Read full show notes and resources at : https://professionalweaversociety.com/podcast - - 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
01:08:56
July 4, 2021
48 : Tien Chiu on her about her growth into weaving, enriching the weaving community, how mathematics and technology influence her work.
This week we are speaking with Tien Chiu. Tien is a textile artist, a teacher, and a writer. She has achieved many awards and achievements with her weaving work, including such honors as her handwoven wedding dress as part of the permanent collection at the American Textile History Museum and her Kodachrome jacket being featured on the cover of Handwoven magazine. In her studio she is primarily a weaver, dyer, and couture seamstress, producing artistic garments, accessories and wall hangings. She has written many articles for Handwoven and Complex Weavers Journal. She has also written a fabulous book, titled Master Your Craft: Strategies for Designing, Making and Selling Artisan Work. This book was a huge help for me when I started weaving as a full time career and is definitely recommended! Her blog is an amazing resource in design inspiration, exploration, and problem solving complex weave structures. I have been following her work and her blog since I graduated from college, finding endless motivation through her writings. We hope you enjoy our conversation as we talk with her about her growth into weaving, how she wants to help enrich the weaving community, and some insight on how mathematics and technology influence her work as a weaver and teacher. Find Tien Online : Website | Master Your Craft Book - - Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC Read full show notes and resources at : https://professionalweaversociety.com/podcast - - 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
02:00:00
June 13, 2021
47 : Sean Dougall & Andrew Paulson on growing and developing their design practice, the challenges of weaving with metal, what inspires them to keep exploring, and more.
This week we are speaking with the Sean Dougall and Andrew Paulson of the design studio Dougall Paulson, based out of Southern California. As co-founders of the multi-disciplinary art and design studio, they seek beauty through new forms of weaving, furniture, lighting and objects. Using narrative as the thread that binds ideas together, their unique take on visual storytelling is the starting point for the creation of objects that straddle the fine, decorative, and graphic arts. They approach their practice with a focus on curiosity and discovery. Specifically speaking about their handwoven work: the art textiles explore the ways in which light appears through absorption, reflection, and transparency. Which, under the right lights, look like the pieces are glowing internally. We hope you enjoy our conversation about how they grew and developed their design practice, the challenges of weaving with metal, and what inspires them to keep exploring and moving forward. Find Dougall Paulson Online : Website | Instagram - - Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC Read full show notes and resources at : https://professionalweaversociety.com/podcast - - 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
01:10:43
May 30, 2021
46 : Jenny Shulkin on how OoLaLoom came about, how social media is used to drive her business, and a little bit on the inner workings of baby wrap weaving.
This week we are speaking with Jenny Shulkin of OoLaLoom Handwoven from Kingston, NY. OoLaLoom was founded in Savannah, GA in the fall of 2013. Jenny creates microbatch handwoven textiles with handdyed, high quality natural fibers and intricate weaves with a focus in baby wrap and ring sling carriers. She also produces multi-use fabrics, scarves & apparel fabric, and throw blankets. OoLaLoom is a member of the Baby Carrier Industry Alliance and Consumer Product Safety Commission compliant. The weavings she creates are in rich earthy tones, highlighted with the intricate patterns produced in multi-shaft weaving. Using a variety of materials, she creates luminous cloth that is loved and cherished by many who have purchased her work. We hope you enjoy our conversation as we talk about how OoLaLoom came about, how Facebook is used to drive her business, and a little bit on the inner workings of baby wrap weaving. Find Jenny online : OoLaLoom Website | Instagram | Facebook - - Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC Read full show notes and resources at : https://professionalweaversociety.com/podcast - - 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
01:05:13
May 23, 2021
45 : Margaret Fischer (Part 2) on how her business evolved, production weaving, and about making a career to support what you want out of life.
This week we are talking with Margaret Fischer of Greentree Weaving from Yellow Springs, Ohio. Margaret has been fascinated by the craft of handwaving since she first saw a weaving demonstration at a county fair in California when she was just 9 years old. Since then weaving has dominated her life and has brought her great joy. Her studio has grown and evolved from working out of her home in California, to a barn in Petaluma, moving to New Mexico, and to a multiple building workshop in Colorado. The size of her team ebbing and flowing with every iteration of her business. We hope you enjoy our conversation with Margaret as we talk about how her business evolved, the challenges and rewards of production weaving, and about making a career to support what you want out of life. Find Margaret Online : Greentree Weaving | Instagram | Facebook - - Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC Read full show notes and resources at : https://professionalweaversociety.com/podcast - - 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
59:16
May 16, 2021
44 : Margaret Fischer on how her business evolved, production weaving, and about making a career to support what you want out of life.
This week we are talking with Margaret Fischer of Greentree Weaving from Yellow Springs, Ohio. Margaret has been fascinated by the craft of handwaving since she first saw a weaving demonstration at a county fair in California when she was just 9 years old. Since then weaving has dominated her life and has brought her great joy. Her studio has grown and evolved from working out of her home in California, to a barn in Petaluma, moving to New Mexico, and to a multiple building workshop in Colorado. The size of her team ebbing and flowing with every iteration of her business. We hope you enjoy our conversation with Margaret as we talk about how her business evolved, the challenges and rewards of production weaving, and about making a career to support what you want out of life. Find Margaret Online : Greentree Weaving | Instagram | Facebook - - Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC Read full show notes and resources at : https://professionalweaversociety.com/podcast - - 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
55:45
May 9, 2021
S2E13 : Daryl Lancaster (Part 2) on her beginnings as a weaver, how her career evolved over time, adapting her work to the digital market, and more
This week we are speaking with Daryl Lancaster from New Jersey. Daryl Lancaster, a hand-weaver and fiber artist known for her award-winning hand-woven fabric and garments, has been constructing garments for more than half a century. She gives lectures and workshops to guilds, conferences, and craft centers all over the United States. The former Features Editor for Handwoven Magazine, she has written more than 100 articles and digital content, frequently contributes to various weaving and sewing publications and including Threads Magazine. She now has a YouTube channel, The Weaver Sews where she shares her extensive experience sewing handwoven garments. She now offers a complete line of digital sewing patterns for handweavers. Daryl also maintains a blog at www.weaversew.com. Find her and all the work that she has done at www.Daryllancaster.com I first met Daryl when she was teaching at Harrisville Designs in New Hampshire. During her course I would spend late nights talking about my business and what I wanted to do, and she would give me great insights and encouragement on how to grow and develop my own voice. She is an amazing teacher and friend, always rooting me on with whatever endeavors I choose to take on. We hope you enjoy our conversation as we talk about her beginnings as a weaver, how her career evolved over time, and how she is adapting her work to the digital market. We had so much fun talking that we went a little long during our interview. So we broke up the interview into two episodes. Part one will be this week and Part Two will be next. Find Daryl Online : Website | Instagram | Facebook | Youtube - - Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC Read full show notes and resources at : https://professionalweaversociety.com/podcast - - 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
53:47
April 18, 2021
S2E12 : Daryl Lancaster (Part 1) on her beginnings as a weaver, how her career evolved over time, adapting her work to the digital market, and more
This week we are speaking with Daryl Lancaster from New Jersey. Daryl Lancaster, a hand-weaver and fiber artist known for her award-winning hand-woven fabric and garments, has been constructing garments for more than half a century. She gives lectures and workshops to guilds, conferences, and craft centers all over the United States. The former Features Editor for Handwoven Magazine, she has written more than 100 articles and digital content, frequently contributes to various weaving and sewing publications and including Threads Magazine. She now has a YouTube channel, The Weaver Sews where she shares her extensive experience sewing handwoven garments. She now offers a complete line of digital sewing patterns for handweavers. Daryl also maintains a blog at www.weaversew.com. Find her and all the work that she has done at www.Daryllancaster.com I first met Daryl when she was teaching at Harrisville Designs in New Hampshire. During her course I would spend late nights talking about my business and what I wanted to do, and she would give me great insights and encouragement on how to grow and develop my own voice. She is an amazing teacher and friend, always rooting me on with whatever endeavors I choose to take on. We hope you enjoy our conversation as we talk about her beginnings as a weaver, how her career evolved over time, and how she is adapting her work to the digital market. We had so much fun talking that we went a little long during our interview. So we broke up the interview into two episodes. Part one will be this week and Part Two will be next. Find Daryl Online : Website | Instagram | Facebook | Youtube - - Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC Read full show notes and resources at : https://professionalweaversociety.com/podcast - - 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
52:42
April 11, 2021
S2E11 : Janet Phillips on becoming a weaver, teaching woven design, the importance of sampling to understand structure, and more
This week we are talking with Janet Phillips from England. Janet has been designing and weaving for over 40 years after studying Industrial Textile Design at the Scottish College of Textiles, graduating with a First Class Honors Degree. Color and texture are still the foundations that keep her weaving. She dyes most of the yarns she uses and she is continually experimenting and sampling to find new weaves and textures. Janet also has a deep commitment to teaching others to be creative with their weavings. She has authored two books, Designing Woven Fabrics and Exploring Woven Fabrics, which encourage weavers to really understand how a woven fabric is constructed guiding the weaver to develop their own designs and structures. Enjoy our conversation with Janet as we talk about how she became a weaver, teaching woven design, and the importance of sampling to understand woven structures. Find Janet online : Website | Instagram | Buy Books Direct | Buy Books from LSLR - - Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC Read full show notes and resources at : https://professionalweaversociety.com/podcast - - 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
54:54
April 4, 2021
40 : Rachel Snack on finding weaving, starting Weaver House, her new podcast, and more!
This week we are speaking with Rachel Snack of Weaver House Co from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Weaver House is a project that Rachel created as an intuitive response to returning home after living in Peru, and the continual longing to be at the loom. She received her Bachelor of Fine Art in Fiber and Material Studies from the The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her Master of Science in Textile Design from Philadelphia University. She can normally be found in the studio or nearby in the woods, always inspired and constantly creating. Weaver House is a yarn shop, textile studio, and weaving school located in Philadelphia. The goal of the space is to create heirloom textiles in homage to craft tradition, and the dialect between maker and loom. Creating a space where the woven practice is grounded in the idea of growing a tangible language, to regain tactility and a hand-making consciousness within the home and in relation to the body. Though the school is currently closed due to the ongoing pandemic, Rachel is finding new ways to inspire communal collaboration and weaving education. We hope you enjoy our conversation with Rachel as we talk about finding weaving, starting Weaver House, her new podcast, and more! Find Rachel Online : Website | Weaver House | Instagram | Material Culture Podcast - - Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC Read full show notes and resources at : https://professionalweaversociety.com/podcast - - 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
01:17:09
March 28, 2021
39 : Our Origin Story & Questions Answered! As told at the HGA's Careers in Textiles Symposium
We have been keeping ourselves busy these past couple weeks, working with clients, getting stuff done at the spinning mill, and giving presentations about what we do. This week we wanted to continue the conversation about how we got to where we are and take the opportunity to answer some questions along the way. We are sharing the audio from our presentation at the Careers in Textiles Symposium that was hosted by the Handweavers Guild of America this past Friday. In case you missed it and the other fabulous talks from other industry leaders, check out the website weavespindye.org/cit to watch the videos of the presentations. It was an honor to be selected to speak along side of some amazing designers and business people in the textile field. If you are an aspiring professional weaver, please feel free to reach out to us with your questions. And like always, if we don’t have the answer, we will get you in touch with somebody who does. We will be back with our regularly scheduled programming next week, so stay tuned, and stay curious. - - Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC Read full show notes and resources at : https://professionalweaversociety.com/podcast - - 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
01:02:15
March 21, 2021
38 : Crystal Gregory on the different ways of learning and teaching weavings, how much there is still left to learn, and creating artwork using woven fabric
Register for the HGA's Careers in Textiles Symposium : http://weavespindye.org/cit/ - - This week we are speaking with Crystal Gregory in Kentucky. Crystal Gregory is a sculptor whose work investigates between textile and architecture. If the nature of architecture is fixed and permanent then the opposite would be a textile, collapsible and movable. Both mediums define space, create shelter, and allow privacy. A textile, however, has the advantage of flexibility. It is a semi two dimensional plane that has the ability to fold, drape, move and change to its surroundings. It is pliable. Gregory received her BFA from the University of Oregon and her MFA from the School of the Art Insitute of Chicago from the Fiber and Material Studies Department. She has received many awards and her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries nationally including the Rockwell Museum of Art, Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Projects, the Hunterdon Art Museum and at Black and White Project Space. She has had her work featured in Hyperallergic, Surface Design Journal, Art Critical and Peripheral Vision Press. She is an Assistant Profession within the School of Arts and Visual Studies at the University of Kentucky and currently shows with Tappan Collective in Los Angeles, California as well as Momentum Gallery in North Carolina. We hope you enjoy our conversation with Crystal as we talk about different ways of learning and teaching weavings, how much there is still left to learn, and creating artwork using woven fabric. Find Crystal Online : Website | Instagram - - Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC Read full show notes and resources at : https://professionalweaversociety.com/podcast - - 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
01:19:59
March 14, 2021
37 : Peggy Osterkamp on Finding Weaving, the Joy of Play & Sampling, Making Woven Art, Teaching, & more
This week we are talking with Peggy Osterkamp. Peggy is the author of the New Guide to weaving series, Weaving for Beginners – An Illustrated Guide, and has a prolific blog available to share tips, stories of her travels, and artistic discoveries. She has found great joy in sharing her love of handweaving with students near and far and has a wealth of knowledge to bestow upon them. Personally, I have been following Peggy’s blog since I was in college and first learning how to weave. To this day I still find her artwork inspiring. The experiments with materials, structures and presentations are a testament to how she finds play whenever she sits and works at the loom. And her ability to clearly explain the techniques and methods she uses is a must for any weaver who wishes to reconnect with their weaving skills on a different level. We hope you enjoy our conversation as we talk about how she became a weaver, the joys of sampling, and what the process was like putting her knowledge in book and blog form. Find Peggy Online : Website | Instagram - - Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC Read full show notes and resources at : https://professionalweaversociety.com/podcast - - 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
01:15:05
March 7, 2021
36 : Anne Low on weaving on frame looms, studying and learning old techniques, and dividing time between art and utilitarian weaving.
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
01:15:22
February 28, 2021
35 : Lucy MacDonald on her weaving education, starting her own studio, what goes into her complex designs, and more!
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
01:07:37
February 21, 2021
34 : Comfortcloth in 2020
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
01:04:24
February 14, 2021
33 : Bridgette Extraordinaire on learning to weave via apprenticeship, using 2020 time to design a new line, and more!
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
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January 31, 2021
32 : Margot Becker on weaving as an artist and craftsperson, creating with a transparent supply chain, and pricing
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
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January 24, 2021
31 : William Storms on designing commercial fabrics, weaving fine art, and his collab with Crosby Street Studios
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
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January 17, 2021
The Value of Textiles (Audio Replay)
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
01:42:01
January 10, 2021
Beyond the Bauhaus : Inspiration for Contemporary Weavers (Video)
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
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January 3, 2021
Rug Weaving with Eric Frisino (Video)
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
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December 28, 2020
Weaving on an AVL with Tegan Frisino (Video)
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
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December 20, 2020
30 : Anne Fernweh on fiber magic, starting her business, and the pros and cons of weaving on older looms.
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
01:09:21
December 13, 2020
29 : Jovencio De La Paz on inspiration, using a TC2, accessibility of complex weaving, and more
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
01:22:07
December 6, 2020
28 : Angie Parker on Pricing her work, Arts education in the UK, krokbragd, and color!
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.
01:30:06
November 29, 2020
Hudson Mohawk Weavers Guild Annual Show & Sale
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.
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November 22, 2020
27 : Jessie Young on her studies and coming back to plain weave
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.
01:22:07
November 15, 2020
26 : Artrider’s Jackie Jarit Sobel on what it takes to put on a show – Part 1
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/
01:26:53
November 8, 2020
25 : Building a US Supply Chain for Wool Yarn with April Zeilinger
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/
01:07:10
November 1, 2020
24 : Erika Hewston on function vs decoration, sourcing materials, starting out, and her first solo exhibition
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/
01:18:44
October 18, 2020
23 : Evee Erb on Weaving in the world of craft, mistakes, advice & More!
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/
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October 12, 2020
22 - Peters Valley Craft Show is Going Online
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/
01:05:20
October 4, 2020
21 : Evee Erb on Weaving in Small Spaces, elevating fiber, & Fast Fashion
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/
01:18:11
September 26, 2020
20 : Justin Squizzero Talks Linen, natural dying, & keeping close records.
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/
01:51:41
September 19, 2020
19 : Pricing, Finishing, & Shows with Constance Collins
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/
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September 12, 2020
18 : Woven Art with Constance Collins
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/
01:29:58
September 4, 2020
17 : Bringing Traditional Oaxacan Weaving to the US with Francisco & Laura Bautista
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/
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August 29, 2020
16 : American Spun Yarn with David Jagger & Susan Mills of JaggerSpun
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/
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August 21, 2020
15 : If You Can Cut it We Can Weave It with Hannah & Joyce Wallace
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/
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August 15, 2020
14 : Community Organizations Part 1 : Hudson Valley Textile Project with Gail Parrinello
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/
01:13:34
August 7, 2020
13 : Working with a Spinning Mill with Mary Jeanne Packer
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/
01:20:34
July 31, 2020
12 : Don't let Perfection Get in the Way of Progress with Lindsay Wiseman
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/
01:35:27
July 24, 2020
11 : Ask the Difficult Questions of Your Work with Kat Howard
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/
58:27
July 17, 2020
10 : Working with Fashion Designers with Jamie & The Jones
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/
01:21:11
July 10, 2020
9 : Be Patient, Never Give Up with Joseph Young
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/
01:04:18
July 3, 2020
8 : Get A Good Seam Ripper with Denise Kovnat
This week we talk with Denise Kovnat from New York. Denise is a weaver, dyer, and self proclaimed “free-ranged seamstress” who loves painted warps, collapse techniques, and extended parallel threadings- all to make colorful, texture cloth used in garments for teaching, shows and sales. For 20 years, she has been teacher who continues to grow and explore new possibilities to bring back and share with her weaving students. She has taught at the Weaving and Fiber Arts Center in Rochester, NY, weaving conferences and for guilds in Canada and the United States. Her textural and vibrant clothing have also been juried every year into the Handweaver’s Guild of America Convergence Fashion Show since 2008. Find Denise Online : Website | Instagram | Facebook Episode Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC Visit the Show Notes to see links to all of things we mentioned : proweaverpod.com/episode-8 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/
01:08:50
June 26, 2020
7 : Go For It, Whats the Worst That Could Happen with Katie Strano
This week we talk with Katie Strano of Heddle Over Heels from Connecticut. Katie is a production weaver who creates yardage for clothing and her own wearable weaving designs. The desire to make functional beauty is amplified through her playful dyeing and weaving of dimensional and textural fabric. She also offers whimsical wall hangings that resonate joy and flow. Through her making, she continually thinks about how her impact of creation effects the environment on a larger scale. She aims to use natural, sustainable and responsible materials- utilizing vintage, thrifted, or new responsibly grown natural fibers in her work. Every step of her business is consciously feeding in to her desire to create, problem solve, and explore the craft of weaving... Find Katie Online : Heddle Over Heals | Instagram | Pinterest Episode Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC Visit the Show Notes to see links to all of things we mentioned : workingweaverpod.com/episode-7 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/
01:16:18
June 19, 2020
6 : Don’t Apologize for the Price of Your Work with Amanda James
This week we talk to Amanda James of Thief and Moth from Wisconsin. Amanda is a production weaver who creates beautiful, handwoven yardage for wearables and accessories. She uses her AVL looms to create yardage that explores the relationship between textures and colors. When she works with her clients, it is a collaborative effort to create textiles that exude comfort and style while maintaining the small surprises that come up with weaving. Her work reflects the collaborative effort she puts into the marathon of creating cloth. Consciously, the way color and pattern is placed in the textile, allows the design to breathe and appear effortless. Find Amanda Online : Thief & Moth | Instagram | Facebook Visit the Show Notes to see links to all of things we mentioned : proweaverpod.com/episode-6 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/
01:27:00
June 12, 2020
5 : Just Keep Going with Julia Lines
This Week we talk with Julia Lines of Machine in Hand from Pennsylvania. Julia is a production weaver who creates unique utilitarian and ceremonial textiles. Her company Machine in Hand, radiates how she feels in connection to her work. Julia views weaving as a physical collaboration between herself and the loom, like playing the piano. She focuses her weaving evolution toward depicting and recording time into cloth. As a craftsperson, she questions and shares her views about the supply chain and how it relates to us in terms of value and connectivity. Find Julia Online : Website | Instagram | Twitter Visit the Show Notes to see links to all of things we mentioned : workingweaverpod.com/episode-5 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/
57:34
June 5, 2020
4 : Be Clear About Your Goals with Lilly Marsh
This week we talk with Lilly Marsh from Queensbury, New York. Lilly is a production weaver whose work is directly connected with her active role in the fiber shed community. She views the weaving and textile world through the lens of her PhD in American Cultural Studies at Purdue University, with a focus on American Craft in the 20th Century. Out of her studios in Queensbury and Glens Falls, New York, she produces fine scarves, shawls, and simple garments, as well as throws and blankets. Her work primarily showcases the beautiful qualities of naturally colored, regionally sourced wool, but she also has used silk, tencel, and cotton in her work. Find Lilly Marsh : Website | Instagram | Facebook Visit the Show Notes to see links to all of the organizations, businesses, software, and weavers we mentioned : workingweaverpod.com/episode-4 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/
01:17:41
May 29, 2020
3 : Do Not Undervalue Your Work with Sydney Sogol
This week we talk with Sydney Sogol of Syd’s Threads from Durham, North Carolina. With an eye on the environment around her and her hands rhythmically working on AVL looms, Sydney brings to life wearable pieces that celebrate how nature and technology can work together to make art. She hand paints her warps with wide swaths of bold colors, pulling color palettes and ratios from her research of birds and marine wildlife. The complex weave structures she creates make the colors shimmer throughout the cloth. Her computer aided designs also serve to accentuate the qualities of the yarn she uses. These yarns are manufactured in a closed circuit loop, minimizing its environmental impact by reusing all water and using only non-toxic chemicals. See a gallery of her work, links to all of the weavers & tools mentioned, and her pricing worksheet in the full show notes at : https://workingweaversociety.org/podcast/episode-3/ Find Sydney Online : Website | Instagram | Facebook | Working Weaver Society -- This podcast was sponsored by Comfortcloth Weaving LLC : Website | Facebook | Instagram -- 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/
01:31:43
May 22, 2020
2 : Do what you love and dont be afraid with Frittelli & Lockwood
This week, we are super excited to have our guests, Cecelia Frittelli and Richard Lockwood of Frittelli and Lockwood. They have been involved with textiles for decades, and just so happen to be our weaving mentors. They have been producing their line of handwoven wearables from various studios, but most currently out of the Textile Studio in Saratoga Springs, NY. Their clothing for men and women are wonderful pieces that showcase their combined talents of textile design, tailoring, and finishing touches that would make any person look dashing. We hope you enjoy as we catch up with our friends and mentors, Cecelia Frittelli and Richard Lockwood, the weaving dream team. See a gallery of their work, links to all of the weavers & Shows mentioned, and their project worksheet in the full show notes at : https://workingweaversociety.org/podcast/episode-2/ Find Richard & Cecilia online : Textile Studio Website | Instagram | Facebook --  This podcast was sponsored by Comfortcloth Weaving LLC : Website | Facebook | Instagram -- 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/
01:16:40
May 15, 2020
1 : The best solution is often the simplest with Scott Norris
Our first full episode! This week we kick things off talking with Scott Norris of Elam's Widow. Scott is a prolific weaver who lives in Mass. Working out of his converted garage, he creates beautiful heirloom fabrics using hand dyed linen. His pieces have evolved over time to a select palette, precise structures, and a luscious, crisp hand. Prominently in the center of it all you can see his primary loom, a 50 inch, 8 harness Norwood. He has customized it with an auxiliary warp beam, which allows for him to have precise control over his tension (which is especially important while working with linen). Not only is his work amazing, but the way he talks about creating textiles is very thoughtful and has a lot of self awareness about how he views himself with his work. We happened to catch Scott while he is at an interesting stage in his career, a shift in creation. The work that he is passionate about and throwing himself into is much different (though very much right in line) with the work he has created in the past. So, we hope you enjoy our chat that we had with Scott about his philosophy, his inspirations and the beautiful work he creates. Full show notes, including photos of Scotts work : https://bit.ly/wwpod_ep1 Podcast Sponsor : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC Scott Noris' Website : Elam's Widow 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/
01:13:34
May 8, 2020
Trailer
Welcome to the Working Weaver Podcast, we are excited to have you. Check out this trailer to find out more. Music by Rawhead The Wreckloose : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/
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April 29, 2020