This week we talk with Katie Strano of Heddle Over Heels from Southbury, Connecticut.
Katie is a production weaver who creates yardage for clothing and her own wearable weaving designs. The desire to make functional beauty is amplified through her playful dyeing and weaving of dimensional and textural fabric. She also offers whimsical wall hangings that resonate joy and flow. Through her making, she continually thinks about how her impact of creation effects the environment on a larger scale. She aims to use natural, sustainable and responsible materials- utilizing vintage, thrifted, or new responsibly grown natural fibers in her work. Every step of her business is consciously feeding in to her desire to create, problem solve, and explore the craft of weaving.
She and I started our businesses at roughly the same time. We met in person the same year at the Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival in New York. Her joy for weaving and the history behind it is infectious, and it is very easy to talk forever about the minutia of running a business and creating with all different materials.
We hope you enjoy our talk with Katie as we explore the nitty gritty of what it takes to manage our time, what its like to work with clients, and how to keep elevating the value of our work.
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