Deborah Bryant Handwoven
About The Artist
Deborah Bryant • Cashiers, NC
Clothing & Accessories • WHOLESALE AVAILABLE • CUSTOM COMMISSIONS
Weaving for more than 30 years, Deborah earned a degree in Professional Craft-Fiber from Haywood Community College after traveling abroad studying in England and Scotland. She lives and works in the mountains of Western North Carolina where she creates her one-of-a-kind cotton accessories through hand-dying the warps which results in unique color combinations inspired by the natural world around her. Her emphasis is on natural fiber, exciting color combinations and functional design.
Q&A with the Artist
Tell us how your work is made.
All my work begins with a color inspiration. I'll often photograph a landscape or a flower or a scene that captivates my color eye, then I take that inspiration to the dye kitchen. After winding 18 yards of 220 threads of white yarns I spread them out like a winding snake onto my work counter, mix my own colors of dye to match the image I've captured, and sponge paint the dye onto the dampened white yarn. After it sits overnight I boil it out, rinse and dry it before it gets threaded onto my loom. There I begin to weave, bringing my complete color inspiration to life in ever changing progressions. Once woven, the fabric is washed and dried and sewn into the various styles of my wearable accessories.