For over 25 years, Tammy's focus has been on the creation of wearable art; garments, accessories and jewelry. She begins with the selection of fibers and the hand painting of yarn, and progress to the creation of cloth, and finally the draping, sculpting and finishing of each wearable item. Her fabrication methods include hand weaving, hand and loom knitting, crochet, hand painting and dyeing, as well as, the recycling (up-cycling) of textiles. The common thread within her work is undoubtedly her approach to color and combining textures. She brought some of her pieces to Arlington Park's for the Prairie State Art Fair that happened on June 20-21, 2009.
Check out more of her work at http://www.tlddesigns.com
Video shot & edited in 1 day by Ben Schreiner for Traditional Arts Indiana & http://www.indianaartisan.org
For more than four decades, Donna Jo Copeland has raised the raw materials for her fiber art. Today her small farm is home to seven sheep, two angora goats and 30 bunnies, and she can introduce them all by name.
Using their fur and wool, as well as fleece from nearby farms, Donna Jo spins, dyes, knits, felts and weaves one-of-a-kind textiles and eclectic yarns. The designs originate from her memories and from the land. Her most recent felted tapestries recreate images of farms, pastures and barns from her past. Donna Jo adds embroidery, beaded ornamentation and quilt stitches for depth.
I like for people to look at my work and think thats Donna Jos. Anything handmade should have its own flavor, Donna Jo explains.
Each of Donna Jos pieces begins with shearing season. She washes and cards the fibers, all by hand except for her largest blanket projects. She also does her dying, often using natural elements such as grass and flowers.
You can get four or five different colors from dandelions, depending on the time of year, Donna Jo says. Farms have their own rhythms and time frames. I honor Mother Nature and her seasons.
As a 15th generation farmer, Donna Jo describes her farm as an old-fashioned kind of place. Donna Jo shares the history of her land and her community through her art as well as a series of programs and workshops at the farm, attracting school groups and other artists all year.
Knoxville, Tennessee, is located in the historical heartland of both hand weaving traditions and industrial textile manufacturing in the southeastern United States. Conceived specifically for the Knoxville Museum of Art, Local Industry invited all museum visitors to consider textile production by spending time participating in the making of a woven cloth. Inside the museum factory, rows of hand bobbin winders recalled the group dynamics of a mill. Using fiber donated from U.S. textile companies, winding was open to all groups and individuals. Seventy-nine experienced weavers throughout the southeastern U.S. used the wound bobbins to collectively weave a single bolt of cloth on one loom inside the factory. Proceeding in sequence in a way related to exquisite corpse drawing, different weavers worked in 1 -2 day sessions over 3 months. The resulting cloth measures 24 inches wide x 75 feet 9 inches long and is now part of the permanent collection of the Knoxville Museum of Art. Over 2100 individuals comprise the Archive of Production which will always accompany the display of the cloth.
This volume is dedicated to Guatemalan weavings. The community offers: traditional, solids, stripes, or design your own pattern choose your own colors. All textiles are costume made hand woven and embroider. It is the art with more than 500 years of history. These are offer in cotton, silk and rayon. Please inquire for more information.
Our family business was started by Angus Litster who learnt his trade and was apprenticed in the woollen mills of Galashiels in the Scottish borders, then the centre of the Scottish tweed industry.
Eventually he found his way down to Devon where for four years he worked at Dartington Hall near Totnes for the founder Leonard Elmhirst, introducing the Scottish methods of weaving into the textile mill.
Angus was encouraged to start up on his own and found the ideal spot in Bovey Tracey where in 1938 he commenced weaving on an old wooden handloom brought down from his native Scotland. With his new wife, Kathleen, his tweed and the products made from it soon acquired acclaim and the business quickly established itself.
Today, over seventy years later, the business is continued by their daughter Liz and her husband Stuart. The old wooden handloom is still used to make beautifully soft colourful throws and the various weights of tweed are now made on two semi-automatic handlooms.
We use only the best of materials which is then woven to give an excellent firm cloth.
Our tweed is sent all over the world and we are very proud that we have supplied a member of the royal family.
Bovey Handloom Weavers
1 Station Rd