Deanna Lynch

Meet the Artist

  • About This Artist

    I am a handweaver located in Western North Carolina. My work is intentionally functional. I create textiles that are made to be used and washed and become a part of your everyday life. I believe that bringing handmade textiles into our regular daily tasks can make each moment more intentional. A daily habit or chore can become a ritual – a time to reflect and slow down and appreciate being here now – a time to connect with those around us and create memories.

  • Q&A With This Artist

    A: My work is handwoven on one of my four floor looms. I work with yarns made of natural fibers like cotton, hemp, linen, silk and wool. I occasionally work with bamboo and tencel yarns. I grow dye plants and like to experiment with natural color when I can. It takes a great deal of time and patience to design fabrics and set the looms up for weaving. When I am finished weaving, I spend more time with the cloth as I sew and create finished pieces.

    A: I have always loved sewing and constructing things with cloth and thread. The tactile nature of yarn and cloth is grounding for me. Textiles remind me of my grandparents and of storytelling. Weaving reminds me of the importance of patience and slowing down. I choose to work with natural fibers because they are less harmful to the environment. I want for my products to bring comfort to people and to be able to go back to the earth when all their usefulness has been exhausted.

    A: My focus is heavily geared towards functionality and utility. My grandpa made rag rugs - to be used and loved. My grandma was a quilter - all of the quilts she made were intended to be used and loved ("I can always make another one"). If every day is a treasure then every day items can be treasures too. I think this focus is unique - I truly want my handmade items to be used to death.

    A: My high school art teacher always encouraged me to ask "What if?" and this one question has kept me curious for a long time.

    A: During 2020, I hosted a virtual "soul mending" group. It was designed to be a safe space to talk about all the things going on in the world, a space to connect more intimately and ask difficult questions, a space to mend. Mending and stitching work was a catalyst for tending to our thoughts, for building and sharing. It provided a connection point - a commonality. Craft can make this kind of space - space for differences and learning and healing.

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