The Art of Weaving
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Throughout my life, I have been drawn to how things work, craving the knowledge of the steps, beyond what the eyes see. This curiosity has brought me to the art that I do. Every form these days takes many hours to create a piece, if not days. The art of weaving is one that requires multiple steps taken before I even begin weaving. This allows me to connect with the yarn and its quality and really get to know the intimacy of fabric. In today’s fast moving world and especially fast fashion, our disconnect to the fiber can be lost in our desire to stay current. I however believe that timeless art and pieces is the key to our future. Saving our pennies for few, well made items that we can build a relationship with over time is something I believe in and my art represents. Whatever we consume, we are using our money with each purchase as a vote. Whether you choose organic food or not, you are making a vote. Whether you invest in a local artists’ clothing or shop at h & m you are making a vote. I feel more now than ever we need to view our purchases as such and choose the sustainable, community focused choices.

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Tiny Lights Weaving Workshop
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I had the pleasure of teaching my first weaving workshop at Tiny Lights Festival a few weeks ago in Ymir, BC.  This festival is dear to my heart. Nestled in the west Kootenay mountains, in a small & vibrant town, people of all ages gather to listen to music in the schoolhouse, the church the ymir hotel, and many other beautiful and unique venues, creating a living room performance energy.  Having lived in the Nelson a few years ago, this festival is such a treat to be apart of, seeing familiar faces and dear pals, the supportive energy of these people is nourishing.  

I taught my workshop in the cabin, where about 20 people showed up to learn how to weave on a hand loom, which basically is a picture frame, a piece of dowel, and yarn, quite simple, yet it creates a warp (the yarn loaded on the frame) and the weft (the yarn added onto the frame) which is the same set up as any other loom.  It was inspiring to see everyones' group creations come together, and watch their creative process.  It especially inspired me to watch a young girl create her piece exclaiming "I'm a master weaver!" 

To share what I've learnt over this past winter felt right, to pass on the knowledge and the passion of such an ancient art form, creating textile.  

Thank you to the Tiny Lights community for welcoming me in this new expression of my art. Until next time. xo

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