A few weeks ago, I was parked on the couch, perusing the interwebs with a glass of wine in hand (a.k.a. a typical weeknight). I resigned myself to the odious task of deleting my emails (I might receive 80 emails a day, and it's a miracle if one of them is personal. Swipe, delete. Swipe, delete. Swipe, delete. And on, and on, and on…). On this particular night, however, one of them caught my eye-- "designlovefest weaving workshop!" it cried. My interest piqued, I opened it as quickly as my fingers could tap. Bri Emery of designlovefest was bringing in the textile artist Maryanne Moodie for a half-day workshop on weaving. Without a second's rational thought or a moment's hesitation, I signed up.
I first discovered Maryanne's work through designlovefest's Instagram feed. Knowing what you do about my love of fibers and decorative knots (swoon), Maryanne's work was right up my alley-- a celebration of materials and full of life. And pretty-- so pretty!
As it turns out, Maryanne herself is a real treat. Incredibly friendly and engaging, she is also a generous instructor. She genuinely cheered when we did something well and patiently helped us out of our quagmires and tangles when things went awry. And while we practiced, she walked around the room and poured champagne. I mean, what more could you want in an instructor??
Props to Bri for bringing Maryanne to LA and pulling the workshop together. She hosts events like these on a regular basis, but this was the first that I've attended. I left her studio on Monday evening feeling like I'd discovered a new community of amazing, interesting people who shared my interests, and it felt so fulfilling. Of the thirty or so women in the room, only two of them came with a friend; everyone else signed up, like myself, not knowing a soul, and I thought that was especially inspiring. Maryanne also emphasized our newfound community; more than once she said about weaving, "This is our thing now, all of us. This is something we share."
And y'all. Weaving is great. I think it's my new thing. I have a reputation of being a hobby collector (I like to think that a lot of creative people fit this description… anyone? yes?), but I think this one will stick. I love working with fibers, but knitting was never really my cup of tea. But weaving? Weaving I adore. I'm by no means great at it (YET. I will be though, mark my words. I will persevere!), but this is one craft that I enjoy the process as much as the outcome, and that's a good thing. So, my apologies in advance, but I suspect you'll be seeing a lot more fibers on this blog in future. You don't mind right?? Great! I didn't think so. xoxo.