I love nothing more than to delve into the inner workings of a maker and really see who they are. Not just what their shop looks like or how many fans they have on instagram - but who they are as a person.
The four women featured in BATT are full of life and I cannot help but share a couple of gems from within!
What do you wish you could wave your wand and educate people about?
"There are no rules and no spinning police! Trust yourself and run wild with your creativity." - Renee
" Things of beauty take a lot of time! When spinners value the time and effort fiber artists dedicate to their craft, and reward artists by paying a fair wage for that effort, they sustain the arts and together build a vibrant community." - Denise
" Not all wool is created equally! There are many different breeds of sheep, they range from super fine and soft to durable and coarse." - Nessa
Why do you work with fiber? What about fiber captures your heart?
" As an ex-painter, mixing colors will always be my main squeeze. Nowadays I paint wool instead of canvas, in the form of dyeing and blending on a carder, and then again while spinning. I love that yarn can be a finished piece of art to admire on it’s own as well as a usable supply. I love that you can spin a batt in many different ways to create many different color variations and textures. I love that wearable art can parade around town in a way that wall art can’t. And I love that I can share bits of my creative soul with other artists who will turn my batt/yarn into an art piece of their own." - Nessa
"I work with fiber because it’s something I learned very early in life is both practical and pretty...
I grew up in the military, which meant we moved a lot. Yarn was available wherever we went, and it helped me to meet people. Strangers saw what I was up to and wanted to learn and be friends. I still use the fiber arts to break the ice.
Also, when I got so sick I couldn’t get off of my sofa for a year, the yarn was there for me. I could knit or crochet while in bed. I took it to new doctor’s offices to kill time in the waiting room. The doctors often asked about what I was making, which helped frame me as a person who needed treatment as opposed to a disease that just walked into the door. The fiber somehow made me worth something." - Barbara
"My love for fiber began with knitting. Being self-taught I struggled my way through projects for a few years. I soon found some handspun yarn at LYS and just needed to learn to spin. After that it was over with! I’m not sure what it is, maybe the endless possibilities! It’s the color, the texture, the process. Everything from knitting to spinning to weaving and felting looks like a good time to me!" - Renee
Can you share a couple of things from your fiber related bucket list?
"My fiber related bucket list is about trying everything. I want to experience all the different fibers I can get my hands on. I want to try every art yarn technique I can find, and maybe even invent one of my own. Really, I just want to keep learning." - Barbara
"After having my loom in a box for two years, I have just started to learn how to weave! I’m very excited about this as I love the look of woven handspun.
For the New Year I treated myself to a Country Spinner and have taken my art-yarn efforts up a notch. It’s fun to see how this spinning is influencing and expanding my techniques in art-batt & art-batt rolag creation.
In the future I’d really like to learn more about Shifu (handspun Japanese paper yarn) and sometime I’d also like to take the Journey to the Golden Fleece spinning course. I’ve been following this class on Facebook and it looks like romping good fun." - Denise