My grandfather introduced me to weaving when I was 9 years old. Although I did not receive formal training for weaving until after he passed, I still feel a deep connection to him when I am at my loom. The connection to my grandfather makes me feel like I am a part of the rich history of textiles. It is an ancient craft built on necessity and infused with the artistry of everyday people.
My collections begin with drawings and ideas about colors and textures and shapes. From there they gradually take form as I calculate the yardage and yarn that I will need. Yarn is measured out thread by thread and then wound onto one of my looms.
Once the yarn is on the loom, each thread is pulled through it's own heddle and then through the reed. The sequence in the threading determines the variety of structures that will be available while weaving.