S1E19 : Pricing, Finishing, & Shows with Constance Collins

This week we talk with Constance Collins of Constance Art Couture from Indianapolis, Indiana. Constance expresses her artistic voice through pattern and color. Using primarily alpaca, bamboo, silk and a dash of metallic for sparkle, she modifies traditional weave structures to create unique patterns. Her complex weave structures create a sense of rhythm and play as they interact with her bold warp and weft colors. Her strong sense of color comes through particularly in her art pieces. Similar to pointillism, she creates works that reveal deeper texture and strategy the closer you inspect.  We hope you enjoy part one of Continue Reading…

S1E18 : Woven Art with Constance Collins

This week we talk with Constance Collins of Constance Art Couture from Indianapolis, Indiana. Constance expresses her artistic voice through pattern and color. Using primarily alpaca, bamboo, silk and a dash of metallic for sparkle, she modifies traditional weave structures to create unique patterns. Her complex weave structures create a sense of rhythm and play as they interact with her bold warp and weft colors. Her strong sense of color comes through particularly in her art pieces. Similar to pointillism, she creates works that reveal deeper texture and strategy the closer you inspect.  We hope you enjoy part one of Continue Reading…

S1E17 : Bringing Traditional Oaxacan Weaving to the US with Francisco & Laura Bautista

This week we are talking with Francisco and Laura Bautista of Bautista Fine Hand Wovens from Sandy, Oregon. Francisco (a fourth generation Master weaver) and his wife Laura were born in Teotitlán del Valle (teohtetlan del valyay), a Zapotec village in Oaxaca, Mexico. The weavings they create are inspired by the the beauty of traditional Zapotec weavings, Navajo art and the Bauhaus design. They are both fascinated by the infinite possibilities of crossing threads, and the magic of dancing with their looms. Even when honoring the ancient ways, they never forget that weaving is more than a museum piece- it Continue Reading…

S1E16 : American Spun Yarn with David Jagger & Susan Mills of JaggerSpun

This week we speak with David Jagger and Susan Mills from JaggerSpun yarns in Springvale, Maine. JaggerSpun yarns have been a staple in many weavers yarn stashes for many years. Their bright saturated colors in worsted yarn makes for beautiful suiting, wearables, and home goods that will last for years. I find the drape of the cloth produced to be light, weighted just enough, and comes together for a nice hand.  Though they have restructured in the last year, they are still going strong selling to fiber artists, knitters, crocheters, and weavers. My favorite is their heathered 2/18’s. It just Continue Reading…

S1E15 : If You Can Cut it We Can Weave It with Hannah & Joyce Wallace

This week we talk with Hannah Wallace and her mother Joyce about their handwoven rugs from Easton, Pennsylvania. Together as 4th and 5th generation rag rug weavers, they upcycle all different materials into their weavings. Being able to share stories of where their fabric came from is just another level to the textured and often colorful pieces they create.  We hope you enjoy our conversation as we talk about the technicalities of rag rug weaving, efficiency in dressing the loom, and being able to spot family weavings at auctions. Find Hannah & Joyce Online : Instagram | Facebook Stuff we Continue Reading…

S1E14 : Community Organizations Part 1 : Hudson Valley Textile Project with Gail Parrinello

This week we are talking with Gail Parrinello owner of the Cornwall Yarn Shop in Cornwall, NY and President of the board for the Hudson Valley Textile Project. Gail started her yarn shop in 2004 with the intention of offering locally produced yarn, but at the time she was disappointed in the offerings that were available. That fueled her passion to create connections in our local supply chain that eventually developed into the Hudson Valley Textile Project. Now her store and many other places proudly carry Hudson Valley yarns on their shelves. Bringing our supply chain closer together and sharing Continue Reading…

S1E13 : Working with Spinning Mills with Mary Jeanne Packer

This week we are talking with Mary Jeanne Packer from Battenkill Fibers Carding and Spinning Mill in Greenwich, NY. A little over ten years ago, Mary Jeanne started the Battenkill Fiber Mill, which processes raw wool and spins it into beautiful worsted yarn for both knitters and spinners. This small mill takes the raw fiber from our local fiber shed and takes it through all the stages necessary to make great yarn that is best for the the fiber itself. As part of the services the the mill provides, they have weaver’s on contract to help bring those yarns further Continue Reading…

S1E12 : Don’t let Perfection Get in the Way of Progress with Lindsay Wiseman

This week we are talking to Lindsey Wiseman of Central Oregon Textiles from Oregon. Lindsey’s woven work showcases the artistry and bold colors of a designer, and the meticulous balance and symmetry of an engineer, blending her careers together into cloth. She creates accessories for the home and fashion such as towels, scarves, travel bags, eyemasks, and jewelry cases, flexing her skills in both hand weaving and in sewing. I love how she explores colors and textures with different materials in her work, always exploring the options in which handwoven textiles can be applied in a functional way. We hope Continue Reading…

S1E11 : Ask the Difficult Questions of Your Work with Kat Howard

This week we talk with Kat Howard from New York. Kat Howard is a fiber artist who blends the literary nuances of poetry into the textural work of weaving. Her MFA background in Book Art and Creative Writing, has given her a clear voice and understanding in her practice as a sculptural tapestry weaver. She uses a variety of materials in order to address how the female body has been viewed over time. Her combination of utilizing visual art and poetry is simple, but fully charged: revealing women’s relationships to their bodies, and the roles that those bodies have played Continue Reading…

S1E10 : Working with Fashion Designers with Jamie & The Jones

We are doing a something a little different this week. We are talking to a business that utilizes handwoven fabrics from weavers in their final product. We would like to introduce you to Jamie from Jamie and the Jones from Nashville, Tennessee. Jamie and the Jones specializes in quality craftsmanship from the ground up, focusing on raw silks, hand-worked textiles, and garments grown, handwoven, and sewn in the United States. Jamie’s background in Fashion Design and Merchandising plus her experience in traveling the world researching and learning about handwoven fabrics, the inner workings of factories and the skilled labor involved Continue Reading…