Weaving On Sundays

Weaving On Sundays

About The Artist

Joy Byrum • Golden Valley, MN
Fiber and Textiles - Homegoods • CUSTOM COMMISSIONS

Joy Byrum is the handweaver and designer behind Weaving On Sundays. Weaving On Sundays is Joy's platform for exploration and experimentation — a space where she refines her weaving, spinning, and dyeing skills. Her woven work is not just a product but a source of joy expressed through color, pattern, and texture. She creates contemporary handwoven goods for the home designed for aesthetics and function, adding a touch of artistry to everyday life.



Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

My process starts at the conceptual level. I collect and gather mood and color imagery as a jumping-off point for ideas I want to explore. From there, I determine the end use of the fabric and design the woven structure based on the desired outcome. I consider the fiber I want to use to be always made of natural fibers, including cotton, linen, wool, and alpaca. I weave samples first, then move on to the actual piece and weave all of my work on an Öxabäck Lilla, an eight-shaft countermarch loom.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

Weaving is healing. I have used weaving as a form of meditation and an outlet to express my creativity. I enjoy reinterpreting woven structures into a relevant, modern, and contemporary lens. Though tedious and laborious, the weaving process is a deliberate act that requires patience and care. It is a constant reminder for me to slow down, take care, and create at the pace of nature.

What is something unique about you or your practice?

My family immigrated to the Hawaiian Islands from the Philippines, and I grew up on the island of O'ahu. Because of this, I always carry the "aloha spirit" within me, which encompasses a welcoming spirit of respect, kindness, and generosity.