S1E24 : Erika Hewston on function vs decoration, sourcing materials, starting out, and her first solo exhibition

This week we talk with Erika Hewston, a sculptural and wearable weaver from Pennsylvania. Though Erika has skills as a quilt maker and repairer, she is primarily a weaver of functional wearable items and luscious textured wall hangings. All of her work focuses on the interaction of vibrant color to create striking statement pieces. Using a variety of materials for her wall hangings, she invites the viewer to explore the depth of color created. And with her wearables she focuses on the drape and texture to let the wearer encompass the rich colors and textures gracefully with next to skin softness. Continue Reading…

S1E23 : Evee Erb on Weaving in the world of craft, mistakes, advice & More!

This week we will be talking with Evee Erb from North Carolina. Erb is a nationally award-winning American Artist who graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2016 with a BFA in Ceramics. During her time at MICA she also studied illustration and textile design. After studying ceramic sculpture in Florence, Italy, and receiving her degree, she returned to her hometown in Durham, North Caroling, where she has worked at the North Carolina Museum of Art, taught workshops at a variety of art centers, served on curatorial jury panels, and given lessons and art talks at various institutions.  Continue Reading…

S1E22 : Peters Valley Craft Show is Going Online!

This week we talk with Brienne Rosner, the Gallery Director of the Peters Valley School of Craft, located in Layton, New Jersey. Peters Valley School of Craft, founded in 1970, is nestled amid the field, forests and streams of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. The historic buildings have been adapted to serve as a gathering place for a thriving community of artists and environmentalists, thinks and changers of the world. Peters Valley is considered a thought leader in the field of fine craft and one of the top five institutions of its kind in the United States.  Peters Continue Reading…

S1E21 : Evee Erb on Weaving in Small Spaces, elevating fiber, & Fast Fashion

This week we will be talking with Evee Erb from North Carolina. Erb is a nationally award-winning American Artist who graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2016 with a BFA in Ceramics. During her time at MICA she also studied illustration and textile design. After studying ceramic sculpture in Florence, Italy, and receiving her degree, she returned to her hometown in Durham, North Caroling, where she has worked at the North Carolina Museum of Art, taught workshops at a variety of art centers, served on curatorial jury panels, and given lessons and art talks at various institutions.  Continue Reading…

S1E20 : Justin Squizzero Talks Linen, natural dying, & keeping close records.

This week we talk with Justin Squizzero of The Burroughs Garret in Vermont. Squizzero challenges modern definitions of progress by creating functional textiles that celebrate the natural world and the dignity of human labor. Echoing a time when utilitarian objects were entirely handcrafted, his work connects material, maker, and user across time and place. Squizzero’s venture, The Burroughs Garret, draws on the textile traditions of his northern Vermont home, marrying natural dyes and fibers with a reserved aesthetic rooted in early New England. Produced on his 19th-century farm using 200-year-old hand looms, Squizzero’s textiles examine the role of handcraft in Continue Reading…

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…