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!
What type of weaving do you do?
I primarily do bead weaving with my Mirrix but have tried using the tapestry weaving. I am a leather worker and I incorporate my bead pieces in with my leather work.
What got you into weaving?
I wanted to incorporate beading in with my leather work to create some unique items.
How long have you been weaving?
I have been beading for about 32 years and I have been bead weaving for on and off during those 32 years!
Why do you choose to weave?
I find it very relaxing and a good escape from the regular work day. I also really enjoy seeing the patterns evolve to life and the actual end product is very rewarding! I also do bead inlays for other leather workers and I really like collaborating with them and seeing what they create with my inlays.
What projects have you done on a Mirrix Loom?
I primarily make bead inlays for leather pieces such as bracelets, dog collars, dog leashes, belts, and horse tack. I also make beaded headbands and cowboy hat bands with my beaded pieces.
What projects do you hope to make on a Mirrix Loom in the future?
I hope to incorporate the bead inlays into a wallet and a purse that I have patterns for but just trying to find the time to execute it!
Why did you choose a Mirrix Loom?
I choose a Mirrix for several reasons. The first was the ergonomic design. Making a long 20+ inch bead inlay was very awkward on a traditional loom. It really bothered my back and neck. The Mirrix lets me have my work in front of me at all times and I do not get fatigued. I am SO impressed with the tension on the warp threads that the Mirrix provides me. It is by far thee best system for having your warp threads taught. I also enjoy that it is light weight, portable, and great quality!
Stay tuned for more from Kim coming soon!