Nancy Middlebrook

Nancy Middlebrook

About The Artist

Nancy Middlebrook • Philadelphia, PA
Fiber and Textiles - Homegoods

I create handwoven panels that use color and structure to express movement and depth. Color is what delights and inspires me. Color is what I see first and foremost as I move through the world.


Artist website

Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

My weavings most often begin with a color palette based on place; the design follows. Using a computer, the design is created in black and white then the color palette is overlayed on design. A printout from the design software becomes my guide to hand weave the color and pattern changes. I hand-dye cotton yarn. I'm excited to see the colors of yarn when they come out of the dye pot and to see an image develop once the yarn is on the loom.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

Since childhood I've been knitting, crocheting and sewing. I've always enjoyed working with fiber and making things with my hands. When I started weaving almost thirty years ago, it was like falling in love, obvious, a homecoming.

What is something unique about you or your practice?

Doubleweave, cloth with two distinct layers of fabric, is the weave structure I use to create my images. It has fascinated me since I learned to weave because it suits my imagination, allowing precise and subtle variations of perspective and color within the orderly framework of the loom.