I was tagged by Lauren Winter to be part of an ever expanding blog post that interviews artists and makers about their creative process. I am happy to participate! So here is a little glimpse into what I've been up to!
What am I working on?
I currently have a few different projects in the works. The first is some yardage for a local interior design firm who is opening 2 different brick and mortars in the coming weeks. I hand dyed all the yarn and am weaving it up for them to make into pillows.
Once that is finished, I am going to work on a custom wall piece for the a special someone who lives in the Big Apple!
How does my work differ from others of its genre(s)?
I've spent a long time trying to find my niche in the world of weaving. There are so many of us out there but it seems like so few are following their own path. It was hard for me to break away from the world of weaving scarves, table runners, and tea towels, but I am so glad that I did. I can focus my energies on what I love- designing and weaving, rather than hemming and mass producing. I am happy to give others the opportunity to use handwoven fabric, rather than only offering finished products that are limited by my imagination and sewing skills.
Why do I create what I do?
I have always loved textiles so when I discovered that I could create my own- it was obvious that was what I needed to do in my life.
How does my creative process work?
My creative process is a twisted path. It begins with an idea that I am so excited about I can't possibly think of anything else. Then I start breaking it down into different steps and analyzing the challenges I have to overcome with each one. At this point, I usually have a complete mental breakdown and decide that my idea was actually really stupid and probably impossible. That's where the husband comes in and tells me I am being silly and actually talks me through working out all the kinks until I am confident enough to give it a try or we both decide it'd be better set aside to try at a later date. All of this usually happens within a span of about 30 minutes. Once my emotions are in check, I can usually mull it over for a few days and come up with some offshoots of the original idea that are actually doable. I've pretty much got it down to a science :)