Meet the Artist
About This Artist
I was trained in the Appalachian style of weaving and my passion is preserving this craft. I weave textiles for the home as well as scarves and shawls, putting a modern twist and sensibility on traditional patterns. All items are woven on my two floor looms, an 8 shaft Glimakra and an 8 shaft Macomber. In the past, my work has been featured at The High Museum of Art during their Pioneer Day events, at East Fork Atlanta, and at Trinity Mercantile.
Q&A With This Artist
A: All Revival Handwoven items are made by me, from yarn to woven fabric. First I choose what to make and how big it will be and then I select an appropriate pattern. Next I measure out the yarn for the warp and sley the reed. After that I thread the loom, wind on the yardage, connect the treadles to the shafts and finally, weave!
A: I was introduced to weaving in college and at that time I felt a strong desire to make things myself, with my own hands. Weaving was exactly what I was looking for! There are so many wonderful pattern drafts for weaving that I rarely design my own but there is also much variety in how you can interpret each draft. Things like color, yarn size, material choice, adding or taking away borders, and deciding which motifs to focus on can all make a big difference in the final product and I love that!
A: I learned to weave through the student work program at Berry College, where the focus was on traditional Appalachian style patterns and techniques. At the time, this was one of two programs like this in the United States where a student could get four years of training. After college I pursued additional training, in New Mexico, on Whidbey Island, and at Penland School of Crafts. I think it's probably the technical training as a production weaver that's unique and possibly unexpected.
A: I'm very inspired by my weaving books, especially A Handweaver's Pattern Book by Marguerite Porter Davison and The Complete Book of Drafting for Handweavers by Madelyn van der Hoogt. I love old issues of the Shuttle Craft Bulletin, a magazine produced by Mary Meigs Atwater that you can find online. Instagram is another great way to connect with other weavers and see their work. Some great ones to follow are Lisa Hill, Amanda Rataj, Arianna Funk and Justin Squizzero.
A: My dad's side of the family has deep roots in Western North Carolina. I don't know if there were any weavers in the family but I like to imagine, given the history of weaving in the region, that there were. And this is part of why I love doing this, and sharing it with others. It connects me and others to the traditions of Appalachia, its history, and that's why I named my business Revival Handwoven.
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