About The Artist
Emelie Weber Wade • Asheville, NC
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Emelie Weber Wade is a weaver and designer maker working on 4 and 8-shaft floor looms to create modern textiles for the old soul. Wade’s current focus is on wearable art constructed with sustainable, handwoven materials. She designs her own weaving patterns, weaves the fabric on a loom and finishes it on a sewing machine. Wade has 10 years experience in production weaving. She apprenticed at Berea College Student Crafts, where she also studied studio art with a concentration in fibers.
Q&A with the Artist
Tell us how your work is made.
I start my process by designing weaving patterns by hand and using computer software. I wind 14-17 yard warps on a warping reel, then sley the reed, thread the heddles according to the pattern I designed, and beam the warp. This process typically takes 4-6 hours, depending on the size and complexity of the work. After I have woven the full length of the warp using sustainable, luxury materials, I cut the fabric off the loom and sew it on a heavy-duty sewing machine. All my patterns are self-drafted.