Customer Story: Kim Holowatiuk

I've always loved the marriage of beads and leather. The dichotomy of shiny and earthy makes for a beautiful aesthetic. Kim Holowatiuk's work exemplifies everything good about this combination!

Read our interview with Kim below!

 

 

 

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Customer Project Feature: Iowa Aerial Map by Kaleigh Everding

In June we asked our community to submit ideas of what they would weave on their Mirrix Loom if they were given some hand-painted silk. We then choose three people to get free silk with which they could try out their ideas. Here is the final project from one of the winners, Kaleigh Everding.

Here was her idea: “I have been contemplating what to start for my next project and I am very interested in working with geometric designs. Everything I have worked on for the past 4 years has been very fluid and curved, so I want to give a try at something new! I have come across some aerial maps of the eastern Iowa countryside where I call home right now. I would use the maps as a guide to create a geometric design and use the silk to blend and define different areas of the final cartoon. In two months, my husband and I will be moving to Utah, so it would be great to weave something that can remind us of where we grew up and met.”

When I read Kaleigh's description I had a picture in my head of what the mid-west looks like from an airplane; blocks of brown and green and fields and houses and barns and swimming pools. The final project is truly a wonderful representation of that image. Her use of color and technique (has there ever been a better use for pick and pick?) is spot-on. I could stare at this for ages (actually, I have been...)

Her pieces was 21" x 13.5" and the silk was used to mark homesteads on the "map".

Here is the final project.

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Customer Project Feature: Knotted Pile Galaxy by Pinar Miski

In June we asked our community to submit ideas of what they would weave on their Mirrix Loom if they were given some hand-painted silk. We then choose three people to get free silk with which they could try out their ideas. Here is the final project from one of the winners, Pinar Miski!

Here was her idea: “I had the pleasure of hosting Sara Lamb for our weaver’s guild back in October. She taught me how to weave knotted pile. If I had the silk, I’d like to use my 12″ little guy Mirrix to weave a small knotted pile panel to incorporate into a woven purse or perhaps a wall hanging. It will either be a spiral galaxy / astronomy design or a traditional Turkish kilim motif (since that’s where I was born).”

We also asked our winners to suggest what colors of silk they wanted. We did our best to accommodate their wishes. Because Pinar was weaving a galaxy we also threw in some gold thread, which she sprinkled throughout the black background like random stars.

Picking out silk for Pinar's project was a lot of fun. I have always been inspired in my weaving by pictures of galaxies. The colors are so profound. I dug through my stash and came up what I hoped with inspire Pinar as well. I also threw in some gold thread which you can see in the black background.

Pinar had initially asked that we include some black silk but as the universe makes its own rules, we were completely out of black. This was a stroke of luck actually because the background was woven in wool with, as I mentioned, specs of gold thread. The contrast between the duller wool and the very bright, shinny silk was the perfect complement for this piece. Had she used black silk for the background it would have competed with the silk in the galazy.

What also struck me about Pinar’s use of our silk for this particular project is that the mulbury silk we use was originally intended to make knotted pile rugs so in fact Pinar was using it exactly how it should be used. That makes sense. It works perfectly in her piece.

It's so satisfying to know that those sweet little bobbins of hand-painted silk and gold thread inspired such a breath-taking piece of art.

Here is her final project:

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Customer Project Feature: Garden of Elivis by Felicitas

In June we asked our community to submit ideas of what they would weave on their Mirrix Loom if they were given some hand-painted silk. We then choose three people to get free silk with which they could try out their ideas. Here is the final project from one of the winners, Felicitas Sloves!

Here was her idea: “With the hand painted silk yarn, I would weave a tapestry using found materials. With the silk yarn being the primary yarn in the project, it will be interwoven with objects such as small pieces of mica, agate slices, bits of fused glass and whimsical items such as pieces of vinyl records and their labels, thin strips of cardboard packaging from beer cartons and cereal boxes, t-shirt strips and dried stalks/leaves from my garden. I know this sounds like one hot mess, but my goal would be a finished tapestry that would be a textural landscape woven with hand dyed silk and incorporated with found materials.”

While we weren't sure what the final piece would look like, we looked forward to what Felicita would pull out of her bag of sundry tricks. She did NOT disappoint! The final weaving was a seamless combination of materials. From concept to execution, Felicita went on a fascinating journey which really spoke to her theme of "A Garden of Elvis." We would love to see more of her fantastical creations! So slow down and really carefully examine every detail in her tapestry. She breaks a lot those strict tapestry rules and yet she does it with such skill and thoughtfulness that it completely works. I guess that's what we loved best about this piece: it was imagined, it was very much off the beaten path and it totally worked!

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Customer Feature: Maureen Kenney

When/how did you first get into bead weaving? What inspired you to begin weaving?
A few years ago, my youngest daughter learned how to inkle weave at a summer arts camp, and it intrigued me to expand my bead work in that direction. She seemed to enjoy it so much, how could I resist?

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Customer Feature: Terry Hanson, avowed lover of all bead things.

My name is Terry Hanson and I am an avowed lover of all bead things.

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