From 1883 to 1885, Vincent van Gogh lived and worked in Nuenenin southern Belgium in the Provence of Brabant. Some 440 weavers were employed in Nuenen when Van Gogh lived there. He became fascinated by these poverty stricken artisans and … Continue reading →
This past weekend I introduced three weavers to the small but beautiful group of weave structures that produce lacy fabric. They also learned how to create weaver-manipuated lace such as leno and Brooks bouquet and used hemstitiching variations to make … Continue reading →
The biographies of bygone handweavers who kept the art of weaving alive when it had largely been laid aside or who took it to new heights provide not only interesting reading but are motivating in ways quite different from contemporary weaving. Without their drive and dedication to the preservation and development of weaving, I might have never been exposed to the craft that has become so integral to my life.