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Through our interviews and discussions with weavers, manufacturers, show promoters, and patrons of the fiber arts we hope to build depth, transparency, and connection within the weaving community. We will also be taking your weaving questions to ask the experts.

Professional Weaver Podcast Professional Weaver Society

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Through our interviews and discussions with weavers, manufacturers, show promoters, and patrons of the fiber arts we hope to build depth, transparency, and connection within the weaving community. We will also be taking your weaving questions to ask the experts.

    50 : Erin Riley on becoming a weaver, establishing her artistic voice, how she fits into the weaving community and more!

    50 : Erin Riley on becoming a weaver, establishing her artistic voice, how she fits into the weaving community and more!

    This week we are speaking with Erin Riley from Brooklyn, NY.

    Erin is a tapestry weaver who has dedicated her time and life to creating tapestries that portray different aspects of culture that are either overlooked or are difficult to confront. Since receiving her MFA from the Tyler School of Art she has done many solo and group exhibitions all over the country and the world and has received many awards. Her work often focuses on the darker side of our culture. A few of the subjects she has covered have been nude figures from pornography or selfies, drug paraphernalia, and mental illness. The tapestries she creates has evolved over time to showcase her skills as a weaver, but also her eye as a dedicated artist.

    We hope you enjoy our conversation as we talk to Erin about how she became a weaver, discovering and establishing her artistic voice, and how she feels she fits into the weaving community.

    Find Erin Online : Website | Instagram

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    Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC

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    Music by Rawhead The Wreckloose : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/
    Rawhead the Wreckloose's new album 'Cold Bill' : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/album/cold-bill

    Intro Music : Guesthouse

    • 1 hr 11 min
    49 : Tommye Scanlin on how she came to be a weaving teacher, what inspires her tapestries, and the process of writing her books.

    49 : Tommye Scanlin on how she came to be a weaving teacher, what inspires her tapestries, and the process of writing her books.

    This week we are talking with tapestry Weaver, Tommye Scanlin, who resides in the Southern Appalachian region.

    Tommye is an artist who observes and responds to her surroundings for inspiration. Her primary artistic medium is handwoven tapestry, an ancient method of working with fibers to create images. As she seeks images and ideas to interpret into tapestry she experiences her surroundings as closely as She can. Photographs, sketches, paintings, and writings all are part of the research she puts into her work.

    She has been living in the southern Appalachian mountains for most of her life and her surroundings are filled with the natural forms of woods, streams, and fields. Her eyes are frequently drawn to the myriad details of the landscape and many of her tapestries are based on aspects of those details, simplified and enlarged in a weaving.

    Tommye has also written two books on the topic of creating tapestry weavings: “The Nature of Things: Essays of a Tapestry Weaver” and her newest book “Tapestry Design Basics and Beyond: Planning and Weaving with Confidence.” Her passion for teaching others is infectious, and she is always learning new things to pass along to others. It is inspiring and we hope that you snag her books to read up on her awesome tapestry weavings.

    Find Tommye Online : Website | Instagram | Buy The Nature of Things | Buy Tapestry Design Basics and Beyond

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    Join the Discord : https://professionalweaversociety.org/join-the-discord/

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    Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC

    Read full show notes and resources at : https://professionalweaversociety.com/podcast

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    Sponsor the Podcast : Become A Sponsor

    Support the Podcast : Become A Patron (Shop on Amazon)

    Music by Rawhead The Wreckloose : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/
    Rawhead the Wreckloose's new album 'Cold Bill' : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/album/cold-bill

    Intro Music : Guesthouse

    • 1 hr 8 min
    48 : Tien Chiu on her about her growth into weaving, enriching the weaving community, how mathematics and technology influence her work.

    48 : Tien Chiu on her about her growth into weaving, enriching the weaving community, how mathematics and technology influence her work.

    This week we are speaking with Tien Chiu.

    Tien is a textile artist, a teacher, and a writer. She has achieved many awards and achievements with her weaving work, including such honors as her handwoven wedding dress as part of the permanent collection at the American Textile History Museum and her Kodachrome jacket being featured on the cover of Handwoven magazine. In her studio she is primarily a weaver, dyer, and couture seamstress, producing artistic garments, accessories and wall hangings.

    She has written many articles for Handwoven and Complex Weavers Journal. She has also written a fabulous book, titled Master Your Craft: Strategies for Designing, Making and Selling Artisan Work. This book was a huge help for me when I started weaving as a full time career and is definitely recommended!

    Her blog is an amazing resource in design inspiration, exploration, and problem solving complex weave structures. I have been following her work and her blog since I graduated from college, finding endless motivation through her writings.

    We hope you enjoy our conversation as we talk with her about her growth into weaving, how she wants to help enrich the weaving community, and some insight on how mathematics and technology influence her work as a weaver and teacher.

    Find Tien Online : Website | Master Your Craft Book

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    Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC

    Read full show notes and resources at : https://professionalweaversociety.com/podcast

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    Sponsor the Podcast : Become A Sponsor

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    Music by Rawhead The Wreckloose : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/
    Rawhead the Wreckloose's new album 'Cold Bill' : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/album/cold-bill

    Intro Music : Guesthouse

    • 2 hrs
    47 : Sean Dougall & Andrew Paulson on growing and developing their design practice, the challenges of weaving with metal, what inspires them to keep exploring, and more.

    47 : Sean Dougall & Andrew Paulson on growing and developing their design practice, the challenges of weaving with metal, what inspires them to keep exploring, and more.

    This week we are speaking with the Sean Dougall and Andrew Paulson of the design studio Dougall Paulson, based out of Southern California.

    As co-founders of the multi-disciplinary art and design studio, they seek beauty through new forms of weaving, furniture, lighting and objects. Using narrative as the thread that binds ideas together, their unique take on visual storytelling is the starting point for the creation of objects that straddle the fine, decorative, and graphic arts. They approach their practice with a focus on curiosity and discovery. Specifically speaking about their handwoven work: the art textiles explore the ways in which light appears through absorption, reflection, and transparency. Which, under the right lights, look like the pieces are glowing internally.

    We hope you enjoy our conversation about how they grew and developed their design practice, the challenges of weaving with metal, and what inspires them to keep exploring and moving forward.

    Find Dougall Paulson Online : Website | Instagram

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    Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC

    Read full show notes and resources at : https://professionalweaversociety.com/podcast

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    Sponsor the Podcast : Become A Sponsor

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    Music by Rawhead The Wreckloose : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/
    Rawhead the Wreckloose's new album 'Cold Bill' : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/album/cold-bill

    Intro Music : Guesthouse

    • 1 hr 10 min
    46 : Jenny Shulkin on how OoLaLoom came about, how social media is used to drive her business, and a little bit on the inner workings of baby wrap weaving.

    46 : Jenny Shulkin on how OoLaLoom came about, how social media is used to drive her business, and a little bit on the inner workings of baby wrap weaving.

    This week we are speaking with Jenny Shulkin of OoLaLoom Handwoven from Kingston, NY.

    OoLaLoom was founded in Savannah, GA in the fall of 2013. Jenny creates microbatch handwoven textiles with handdyed, high quality natural fibers and intricate weaves with a focus in baby wrap and ring sling carriers. She also produces multi-use fabrics, scarves & apparel fabric, and throw blankets. OoLaLoom is a member of the Baby Carrier Industry Alliance and Consumer Product Safety Commission compliant.

    The weavings she creates are in rich earthy tones, highlighted with the intricate patterns produced in multi-shaft weaving. Using a variety of materials, she creates luminous cloth that is loved and cherished by many who have purchased her work.

    We hope you enjoy our conversation as we talk about how OoLaLoom came about, how Facebook is used to drive her business, and a little bit on the inner workings of baby wrap weaving.

    Find Jenny online : OoLaLoom Website | Instagram | Facebook

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    Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC

    Read full show notes and resources at : https://professionalweaversociety.com/podcast

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    Sponsor the Podcast : Become A Sponsor

    Support the Podcast : Become A Patron (Shop on Amazon)

    Music by Rawhead The Wreckloose : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/
    Rawhead the Wreckloose's new album 'Cold Bill' : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/album/cold-bill

    Intro Music : Guesthouse

    • 1 hr 5 min
    45 : Margaret Fischer (Part 2) on how her business evolved, production weaving, and about making a career to support what you want out of life.

    45 : Margaret Fischer (Part 2) on how her business evolved, production weaving, and about making a career to support what you want out of life.

    This week we are talking with Margaret Fischer of Greentree Weaving from Yellow Springs, Ohio.

    Margaret has been fascinated by the craft of handwaving since she first saw a weaving demonstration at a county fair in California when she was just 9 years old. Since then weaving has dominated her life and has brought her great joy. Her studio has grown and evolved from working out of her home in California, to a barn in Petaluma, moving to New Mexico, and to a multiple building workshop in Colorado. The size of her team ebbing and flowing with every iteration of her business.

    We hope you enjoy our conversation with Margaret as we talk about how her business evolved, the challenges and rewards of production weaving, and about making a career to support what you want out of life.

    Find Margaret Online : Greentree Weaving | Instagram | Facebook

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    Sponsored by : Comfortcloth Weaving LLC

    Read full show notes and resources at : https://professionalweaversociety.com/podcast

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    Sponsor the Podcast : Become A Sponsor

    Support the Podcast : Become A Patron (Shop on Amazon)

    Music by Rawhead The Wreckloose : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/
    Rawhead the Wreckloose's new album 'Cold Bill' : https://rawheadthewreckloose.bandcamp.com/album/cold-bill

    Intro Music : Guesthouse

    • 59 min

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