Molly McLaughlin Fiber
About The Artist
Molly McLaughlin • Amherst, MA
Fiber & Textiles • CUSTOM COMMISSIONS
Care of our planet is a guiding theme in Molly McLaughlin’s life. She weaves her art with the intention of creating connections to the beauty of the natural world around us. Her fiber practice is focused on keeping eco-friendly textile traditions alive by dyeing her fibers with foraged and home grown plants, using non-computerized weaving techniques, and re-using fibers salvaged from abandoned textiles. It is a slow process that allows Molly more time to fully explore her woven imagery.
Q&A with the Artist
Tell us how your work is made.
My work is handwoven on non-computerized, manual looms. I start my process with photographs of plants and animals. These photographs are turned into designs that I use as guides to create my imagery. Using plants that are locally foraged or grown in my dye garden, I hand dye very fine silk and linen fibers. Using these fibers, I create my pieces by inlaying row after row of different colored threads on top of the regular fabric threads as I weave.