Featured Artist Interview : Christi Johnson

We are very excited to have textile artist Christi Johnson as our eleventh artist. Christi Johnson is an artist, teacher, and author of the book Mystical Stitches: Embroidery for Personal Empowerment and Magical Embellishment. Her work is inspired by cosmology, symbology, botanical forms, sustainability, and ritual. We were lucky enough to visit Christi’s studio in Swan Lake, NYContinue reading “Featured Artist Interview : Christi Johnson”

Checking in with Heirloom artist: Andrew Boos

We are very excited to catch up with textile artist Andrew Boos. Andrew is a New York-based contemporary rug weaver, who takes inspiration from the world around him to create highly intricate rugs. It’s been a couple years since Andrew helped us kick off this project and we hope you are as excited as usContinue reading “Checking in with Heirloom artist: Andrew Boos”

Featured Artist Interview : Isa Rodrigues

We are very excited to have textile artist Isa Rodrigues as our ninth artist. Isa is a textile artist and educator currently based in Brooklyn but who grew up on the coast of Portugal. She is a founding member and Co-Executive Director of the Textile Arts Center, an important resource for both the local and broader textileContinue reading “Featured Artist Interview : Isa Rodrigues”

019: Featured Peruvian Tapestry by Saturnino Oncebay

The Andes & Textile Primacy  The Andes mountains are the largest mountain range in the world creating a continuous highland along South America’s west coast. The dominance and scale of the Andes formed the backbone of three distinctive ecological areas in the region. Moving eastward from the coast of the Pacific Ocean, arid deserts giveContinue reading “019: Featured Peruvian Tapestry by Saturnino Oncebay”

Featured Artist Interview : Jessica Elena Aquino

We are very excited to have textile artist Jessica Elena Aquino as our eighth artist. Her work draws from her relationship to nature, memory, mythology and cultural iconography to create beautiful sculptural weavings and tapestries.  Scroll down to read the interview, learn about her process and enjoy photos of Jessica’s studio. How did you first get involved in theContinue reading “Featured Artist Interview : Jessica Elena Aquino”

Featured Artist Interview : Andrew Boos

return to our site We are ecstatic to have weaver Andrew Boos kick off our Contemporary project. We are long-time fans of Andrew’s work and love his ability to weave such beautiful and serene textiles. Andrew weaves distinctive kilims often using naturally hand-dyed wool on looms of his own construction.  What first drew you to the world ofContinue reading “Featured Artist Interview : Andrew Boos”

008: Yomut Turkmen Ensi

return to our site  Brief History of the Turkmen  The Turkmen are a nomadic people of Central Asia who live primarily in Turkmenistan, Iran, Afghanistan and Uzbekistan. Turkmen culture is a largely oral culture, lacking a written history. It is believed that they are at least in part descended from Oghuz Turks who migrated toContinue reading “008: Yomut Turkmen Ensi”

005: Antique Mina Khani Baluch Rug

return to our site The Baluch Baluch refers to a people that span from eastern Iran, into western Afghanistan and reaching throughout Pakistan and into the Punjab state of India. They are composed of many distinct groups that share common language, culture and customs. Traditionally they were mostly nomadic but currently many have adapted to settled life. The highest quality weaving,Continue reading “005: Antique Mina Khani Baluch Rug”

004: High Atlas Moroccan Ouaouzguite Rug

return to our site Moroccan Rugs & The West In recent years, the west has been quite inspired by Moroccan rug design. This began in the 19th and early 20th century, when European artists including Delacroix and Matisse traveled to Morocco and put to canvas their fascination with Orientalism. It continued into the middle ofContinue reading “004: High Atlas Moroccan Ouaouzguite Rug”