I've been following Marie from Wool and Weave for quite a while on Instagram, and her work is stunning! Her use of color and texture in her wall weavings is truly unique and beautiful. Today, I'm happy to feature her in this week's edition of Makers To Know! Read on to find out more about how she started her business and her creative process.
Being a small business owner myself, I love to hear the origin stories of other makers. When and how did you decide to start your own business? What is your creative background?
I've always loved to create, although I've explored many different avenues! My first love was creative writing, which I would still love to do but can never seem to find enough time! My first introduction to fiber arts was when I started knitting in college, just making basic garter stitch scarves, and I found that I really loved working with yarn. With the help of a bunch of tutorials, books, and videos, I taught myself to weave tapestries last summer and simply couldn't get enough of it. I find weaving to be so meditative and calming. I opened by Etsy shop in August 2014 when the tapestries started to take over our home
You make gorgeous textured weavings. How did you decide to focus on this medium and style?
Thank you! I'm really in this for the yarn. :) I hardly ever start a piece with a plan in mind, but rather find a fiber that inspires me and go from there. I'm especially drawn to incorporating big pieces of fluffy roving into an otherwise simple design. I also love using naturally dyed yarns because, as they do in nature, the colors all complement each other so well. As I said, I love the process of weaving. There is so much room for freedom and creativity. Some of my favorite pieces have started one place and ended up somewhere completely different.
Have you set any exciting goals for yourself or your business in 2015? What can we look forward to seeing from you?
Yes! In addition to weaving like a maniac, I am also a middle school English and History teacher, so I am really focusing on hitting a few goals during my summer break. My top priority is to get into spinning and dyeing my own yarn. I would love to take some classes and experiment on my own so that I can start weaving with my own yarn and maybe even carry some in my shop!
What advice would you give to someone just starting out in their own self-made business?
My advice would be to stay true to your passion, work harder than you think you can, and BE BRAVE! Say yes to opportunities that are out of your comfort zone, make an effort to connect with and learn from other artists, and push yourself to try new things.
When you're not creating, what do you love to do?
I love to travel with my husband, cook, knit, read, do yoga, ride my bike, and indulge in way too many episodes of Gilmore Girls.
Lastly, can you share three of your favorite artists?
Well... you, for one!! This is hard because there are so many inspiring artists and makers. I just did an artist trade with Dani of Good Natured (@begoodnatured) and I am pretty blown away by her work. She is doing a custom pet portrait of my dog Buddy and I can't wait to get it! I am constantly amazed at the beautiful paintings and fiber art from Dani Schafer (@danischafer_). Her use of color is incredible. I am dying to get my hands on one of her dark, moody abstract paintings. And our home is full of colorful, textured paintings from my friend Case Jernigan (www.casepaint.com).
Love Wool & Weave? Be sure to find her on instagram @woolandweave and shop her weaves at woolandweave.etsy.com
Are you a small business owner that makes everything by hand? Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject Makers To Know - I'd be happy to chat with you about your craft!