S2E3 : Bridgette Extraordinaire on learning to weave via apprenticeship, using 2020 time to design a new line, and more!

This week we are talking with Bridgette Extraordinaire of Raanu Handwoven from Oregon. Raanu Handwoven is a closed loop production, meaning that Bridgette will reuse material waste created during the production process for additional products. She begins with mill end yarn, which is rescued from large manufacturing houses where they were destined for the landfill. That yarn is then woven by hand in the US without the use of electricity, utilizing mechanical Dobby looms to create beautiful patterns and textures. Each garment is woven to size, which significantly reduces the amount of scrap left on the cutting room floor. What Continue Reading…

S2E2 : Margot Becker on weaving as an artist and craftsperson, creating with a transparent supply chain, and pricing

This week we are speaking with Margot Becker from Hudson, New York. Margot Becker is an artist, weaver, and educator.  Margot Handwoven is her line of functional, versatile textiles that playfully explores the intersections of art and craft.  Each one of a kind piece is created by combining traditional patterning and techniques with intuitive design. All of her textiles are one of a kind and designed on loom to be worn and loved in your everyday. Margot Handwoven originated as part of an independent study of the process of creating textiles from start to finish, born from a deep desire Continue Reading…

S2E1 : William Storms on designing commercial fabrics, weaving fine art, and his collab with Crosby Street Studios

This week we are speaking with William Storms from New York. William is a professional weaver in both the industrial and artistic realm. Through his industrial work he is working with Jacquard looms and designing intricate repeat designs that will be translated for use in public applications. His artistic work explores materials and hand manipulation to create dynamic pieces of art. One of his ongoing pieces with Artist Raul Martinez, is a rug that was woven with bullets that were collected within a respective country to weave a ballistic map. Each of the bullet casing’s headstamp reveals the country and Continue Reading…

Bonus : Beyond the Bauhaus – Inspiration for Contemporary Weavers

The Bauhaus, an acclaimed school that embraced the principle of equality among artists and the arts alike, has continued to influence and impact American art long since it’s closure. The weaving workshop in particular was a place of developing aesthetic and supporting innovative teaching methods. Many weavers have “On Weaving” by Anni Albers sitting in their bookshelf.  But, is that the epitome of weaving advancement? Are there other weavers who have pushed the boundaries of design and theory? Our upcoming round table, “Beyond the Bauhaus”, we are talking with Evee Erb, Tegan Frisino, Lilly Marsh, and Justin Squizzero with Eric Continue Reading…

Bonus : Rug Weaving with Eric Frisino (Video)

First, we want to thank you all so much for making our first year of the podcast so rewarding. We are looking forward to producing more episodes in the New Year. That being said, we have been working hard to make this podcast happen along with pivoting and growing our other business Comfortcloth Weaving. With the holidays upon us, we are going to take a little break from the podcast in order to rest up and button up some open projects. We’re not going to leave you hanging though!  We have some content that we think you’ll enjoy. We hope Continue Reading…

Bonus : Weaving on an AVL with Tegan Frisino (Video)

First, we want to thank you all so much for making our first year of the podcast so rewarding. We are looking forward to producing more episodes in the New Year. That being said, we have been working hard to make this podcast happen along with pivoting and growing our other business Comfortcloth Weaving. With the holidays upon us, we are going to take a little break from the podcast in order to rest up and button up some open projects. We’re not going to leave you hanging though!  We have some content that we think you’ll enjoy. This week, Continue Reading…

S1E30 : Anne Fernweh on fiber magic, starting her business, and the pros and cons of weaving on older looms.

This week we are talking with Anne Fernweh of Witch Craeft from Vermont. In her bio, Anne quotes Alexander Langlands by saying “To be craefty is all about resourceful living and about going back to the basics: a mindful life achieved through beautiful simplicity.” Her work envelops this idea, making each piece personal, thoughtful, and powerful in its grace. While she was earning her Master’s Degree in Dress and Textile histories in Scotland, the seeds for Witch Craeft were sewn. The business grew out of her desire to blend her love of textiles with her earth based spirituality, graduate studies Continue Reading…

S1E29 : Jovencio De La Paz on inspiration, using a TC2, accessibility of complex weaving, and more

This week we are talking with Jovencio de la Paz from Oregon. Jovencio is an artist, writer, and educator. His work explores the intersection of textile processes such as weaving, dye, and stitchwork as they relate to broader concerns of language, histories of colonization, migrancy, ancient technology, and speculative futures. Interested in the ways transient or ephemeral experiences are embodied in material, de la Paz looks to how knowledge and experiences are transmitted through society in space and time, whether semiotically by language or haptically by made things. He is currently Assistant Professor and Curricular Head of Fibers at the Continue Reading…

S1E28 : Angie Parker on Pricing her work, Arts education in the UK, krokbragd, and color!

This week we are talking with Angie Parker of Angie Parker Textiles in Bristol, England. In 2014, she established her business by creating distinctive and intricate rugs and textile art. Her speciality is in using traditional weaving techniques, such as krokbragd and giving them a fresh outlook in modern colors and proportions. Her distinctive style was developed while she pursued a career in costume design. While working, she would continue to weave on small scale collections. Through these collections, she was able to combine her instinctive weaving and daring approach to color with time honored techniques, bridging the gap between Continue Reading…

S1E27 : Jessie Young on her studies and coming back to plain weave

This week we talk with Jessie Mordine Young from New York City. Jessie is a textile curator, teacher and maker, primarily focusing on weaving and tufting.  In some of her most recent bodies of  work, Jessie responds to her time spent in rural landscapes. She spent time living in Ireland, a small village in Iceland and in the Adirondacks. Her time in secluded places left her feeling energized and inspired. After having months to engage in deep thought on her practice, sincere observance, and connection to her surroundings, a new series of woven work that reflects her meditative experience has Continue Reading…