What happens when a hobby goes bad? A business. When Passion and Reason collide? A Life!
There is something wonderfully satisfying about creating cloth...whether for rugs, tapestries, even dishtowels. Or my choice, apparel. Surrounded by yarns and leathers, the raw material of my craft, I work at a traditional hand operated loom (no motorized parts) designing and weaving fabric for women's suits and jackets. They are simple timeless styles, beautifully constructed and frequently trimmed in suede or leather with distinctive "buttons" such as Chinese coins, pieces of jasper, jade or carved wood.
This hobby-gone-bad started over 47 years ago at an art center in Ontario, Canada where I "lived" weaving in the textile studio over several intense summer sessions. Over the years I have tried...and liked...a range of media including painting, clay, metal, and photography. And over the years I have tried...and even liked...a range of "real jobs" (you know, the ones that come with health insurance and regular paychecks), but fiber is my passion and way back in 1985 became my profession.
Along with me on the ride, for over 18 years, is seamstress Linda Handel, who moved when I did in 2007 from the Chicago suburbs to Hendersonville, and who gets all the credit for the construction of my pieces.