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The weave podcast, a project of Gist Yarn, brings together a community of fiber artists and people who love weaving, farmers and mill owners, textile artists and loom manufacturers, to tell the stories of the threads that bind us together.
 
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On this week's episode, LaChaun speaks with Christine Jablonski, the Director of Operations for Gist Yarn, and designer of Twofold, our upcoming subscription box for rigid heddle weavers. Her theme for this project is double weave. Over the course of a year, she will take you step by step through this exciting technique to weave four projects of se…
 
In this week’s episode, LaChaun speaks with Shanel Wu. Shanel is a Taiwanese-American, nonbinary, queer, maker who uses their fiber skills to entangle craft and tech. Shanel works with smart textiles, weaving, computational craft, and hardware hacking all while pursuing a Ph.D. in Creative Technology Design, at ATLAS Institute, University of Colora…
 
In this week’s episode, LaChaun speaks with Maud Lerayer. Maud is the founder of Behind The Hill, a textile company based in Brooklyn, New York. Behind The Hill creates unique and contemporary pieces for home decor using a variety of heirloom cotton which grows wild in shades of pink, terra-cotta, green, beige, and white in Mexico and Guatemala. Th…
 
In this week’s episode LaChaun speaks with Bryana Bibbs. Bryana is a Chicago-based textile artist, painter, and art educator who earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Fiber and Material Studies at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the founder of the “We Were Never Alone Project, a weaving workshop for victims and sur…
 
In this week’s episode, LaChaun speaks with Carolina Jimenez a Mexican-American textile artist and designer living in Brooklyn New York. In Carolina’s weaving practice she makes monuments as memory signifiers, and vessels into which the past is poured, molded or reshaped (woven, unraveled, or stretched). These monuments reference the body-her body …
 
In this week’s episode, LaChaun is speaking with Amy Dufault. Amy is a sustainable textile industry writer. She works as the sustainability and communications Director for Botanical Colors as well as the Communications Lead for TS Designs. Amy also co-runs the Southeastern New England Fibershed, which has goals to create a digestible dialogue with …
 
We have a special episode for you today, a conversation between myself, LaChaun, and Maggie Putnam, that will be a peek behind the scenes at GIST Yarn and what we’ve been up to. Maggie Putnam Studio is a one-woman creative office that crafts refined brand systems for conscious, intentional brands. And for the last seven months, we have been working…
 
In this week’s episode, LaChaun is speaking with Lydia Wendt, the Founder and Design Director of the California Cloth Foundry. Originally from New York, Lydia trained at the Fashion Institute of Technology and worked with some of America's top fashion designers and brands, including Tom Ford for Perry Ellis America, Calvin Klein, Jones New York, an…
 
In this week’s episode, LaChaun is speaking with Sarah Gotowka the founder and director of Luna Fiber Studio, A textile studio specializing in weaving and natural dyes, rooted in sustainability and social justice. Sarah is a Korean adoptee and also works part-time for the Adoptive and Foster Family Coalition of New York. There she mentors youth ado…
 
Hello, I hope all is well. Before I get into this week’s episode I would like to start out by expressing my excitement and gratitude for the recent election results. I’m glad we voted and I’m excited about the changes that are to come! While we are on the topic of the future I’m excited to introduce you all to a new project that we are working on a…
 
In this week’s episode, LaChaun is speaking to Torrey Beckham. Torrey is a Texas-born Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist who weaves, uses plants, and many other creative mediums as outlets of expression. Torrey’s palette, texture choices, and subject matters all have their roots in Torrey’s personal experiences growing up Black. Torrey’s work …
 
In this week’s episode, I’m speaking with Indigo Farmer, Textile Artist & Dressmaker Leigh Magar. Leigh’s textile design studio Madame Magar is inspired by art, nature, folkways, and history. Her studio embraces a seed to stitch design philosophy that explores the history, a rich yet tangled past of place; while living and working on a former indig…
 
In this week’s episode, LaChaun is speaking with Chawne Kimber an African-American mathematician and quilter, known for expressing her political activism in her quilts. In Chawne’s quilts, she interprets traditional forms in an improvisational style using vibrant modern colors of commercially available American-farmed, processed, and woven cotton. …
 
In this week's episode, LaChaun is speaking with Jessie Mordine Young. Jessie is a textile curator, teacher of traditional textile techniques, and maker living in New York City. She is an MA candidate in the History of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture at the Bard Graduate Center in New York City. She also graduated from the Sch…
 
This week on the podcast LaChaun is speaking with Lauren B. Fay the founder and executive director of the New Fashion Initiative. The New Fashion Initiative is a foundation creating interdisciplinary education and communications initiatives to promote circulatory collaboration, and accountability in the fashion industry. Lauren Fay is a connector a…
 
In this week’s episode, Sarah is speaking with Angela Kelly and Kim McCollum the founders of Gather Textiles. Gather is a yarn shop and textile studio in Edmonton Alberta. Their aim is to bring people together to exchange ideas, learn from one another, and to celebrate making things with our hands. We are thrilled that Gather is a Canadian stockist…
 
In this week’s episode, I’m really excited to speak with Kenya Miles. Kenya is a textile artist, farmer, and the alchemist behind the Traveling Miles Studio. Kenya has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in natural textiles which she has applied to the Blue Light Junction Project, a natural dye studio, alternative color lab, retail space, dye garde…
 
In this week’s episode, I’m speaking with Sydni Gause, an interdisciplinary artist and Adjunct Professor in Sculpture at Alfred University. Sydni works with an array of materials that she uses in her sculpture, installation, and fiber-based practice. She uses her work as a means to respond to issues between power structures and gender inequality. W…
 
On this week's episode, I’m speaking with Kendall Schauder. Kendall received her BFA at, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She’s worked on a number of interesting fiber-based projects where she deconstructs and re-interprets the fiber making practice. I’m excited to speak with her about her “How to Grow Denim Project” where she works with…
 
Yarrow Magdalena lives a soft, slow life in Scotland and creates rituals and ceremonies for the big and small milestones in life. They also write, make textile art, host a podcast, swim in the sea all year, and do a lot of queer dreaming. Yarrow shares their practices as an offering that you can receive and make your own – they are woven together f…
 
On this week's podcast, I’m speaking with Tammi Williams. Tammi is a fiber artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Her fiber practice incorporates an array of fiber making mediums from weaving and knitting to sewing and construction using beautifully patterned and colorful fabrics and materials that are inspired by African patterns, prints, and textile…
 
This week on the podcast Sarah is excited to welcome Stephen Hudson to the podcast. Stephen is the Senior Vice President of Sales at Meridian Specialty Yarn Group and has held a number of roles in Operations and Sales throughout his tenure at the mill. Meridian is a mill and dyehouse in North Carolina that we partner with to make our Duet and Mallo…
 
In this week's episode, LaChaun is speaking with Cynthia Alberto, founder, and director of The Weaving Hand, a weaving and healing arts center in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Cynthia has graced this podcast once before in Episode 17. We invited her back on the podcast to talk about how she’s cultivating a healing environment using weaving during a time …
 
This week on the podcast LaChaun is speaking with Amalia & Grace of Echoview Fiber Mill. Echoview is a spinning mill, knitting operation, and design house based in Weaverville, NC. They make exceptionally high quality and beautifully designed home goods, accessories, and craft knitting and weaving yarns using natural fibers like wool, alpaca, silk,…
 
This week on the podcast Sarah is talking to Susan Snider, the founder of Mad River Fiber Mill. Mad River Fiber Arts & Mill is a full-service fiber processing mini mill in Waitsfield, Vermont, working with wool, alpaca, llama, mohair, and even angora fiber! In their conversation, they talk about Susan's journey into the world of fiber, what it was …
 
This week on the podcast I’m speaking with Lisa Shobhana. Lisa is a Saori weaver, designer, instructor, intuitive, and astrologer. She is the author of Yarnplay: Colorful Techniques + Projects For The Creative Knitter and Yarnplay At Home: Handknits For Colorful Living. She’s contributed her design patterning and beautiful colorways to a number of …
 
This week on the podcast LaChaun is speaking with Wouter de Vries and Dorothe Swinkels of Textile Plus magazine. Textile plus is a Dutch magazine and website that’s published every three months showcasing works of textile artists around the globe. In their conversation, they talk about their recently published weaving focused issue, their online ex…
 
This week on the podcast, I'm excited to be talking to the team at Muezart Yarn. Muezart is a small business in Northeast India that focuses on making and selling handspun, naturally dyed Eri Silk to weavers, knitters, crocheters, and other fiber artists. I first found out about them about a year ago when they mailed a sample card to our studio, an…
 
This week on the podcast LaChaun is speaking with Michelle Brooks a Chicago based fiber artist and owner of the Stitchering Shop. Michelle creates custom textile art pieces using a variety of fiber techniques such as tufting, embroidery stitching, and weaving. In our conversation we talk about how she began working with fibers, the fiber making com…
 
Today on the podcast, LaChaun and I are talking about issues of racism and White Supremacy, and the ways they are deeply embedded into our textile industries and communities. This country and the world and all of us are reacting to the murder of George Floyd and so many other Black people at the hands of the police. White folks are being called upo…
 
This week on the podcast LaChaun is speaking with Judy Martin. Judy is a full-time professional textile artist in Ontario, Canada. She uses dye, thread, and cloth as primary materials to produce works through stitching these materials by hand. The process is time-consuming, but the healing meditation inherent in the method gives her the vitality to…
 
This week on the podcast, Sarah is talking to Liz Sytsma, the founder of Wild Hand, a supply shop for fiber folks in Philadelphia. They talk about her journey to starting Wild Hand, the beautiful community they're cultivating there, how they are adapting in this time of social distancing, and lots more.Show notes: www.gistyarn.com/episode-107…
 
This week on the podcast LaChaun is speaking with Stephanie Pinerio of Shed Textile Company. Shed Textile Company focuses on the art of hand weaving and local fibers in New York State. The fibers used in her pieces are hand-sourced locally from farmers, spinners, shearers, dyers, makers, tradesmen and the countless regional fiber festivals that dot…
 
This week on the podcast Sarah will be talking to Ben Hostetler, the Operations Manager at Mountain Meadow Wool Mill. They will be discussing what it's like running a small family business in the wool industry, how ranchers and their own mill are adapting to changes brought by COVID-19, and about their Kickstarter for a new line of wool kids clothi…
 
This week on the podcast LaChaun is speaking with Ashton Zager. Ashton is a fiber artist based out of her home in Asheville, North Carolina. She’s a self taught weaver, known for her beautiful circular weavings and woven jewelry pieces. Prior to weaving, she didn’t consider herself creative, but she quickly began to use weaving as a form of therapy…
 
Sarah here. I’m coming on today with a solo-cast, sharing a window into how our business is adapting to this time, what we’re feeling scared about and hopeful about, and how we are planning for the future. I hope that wherever this finds you, wherever you are listening from, you and your loved ones are safe and healthy, in body and in spirit. I’ve …
 
This week on the podcast LaChaun is speaking with Kelsie Doty. Kelsie is a Ph.D. Candidate at Cornell University and faculty at Kansas State University. Kelsie’s work aims to teach the next generation of fashion professionals about design and sustainability through scientific research and experimentation of natural dye's for the commercial market. …
 
Hi everyone, Sarah here, back at it hosting an episode of the Weave Podcast. These are hard and unsettling times we are living in now, and I hope that this podcast is providing some comfort and peacefulness for you. This week on the podcast, I’m talking to Thoma Ewen. Thoma is a tapestry weaver in Quebec, Canada whose work focuses on a lifelong lov…
 
This week’s episode features Lynn Battle an incredibly talented self-taught weaver who began weaving to help offset her symptoms after being diagnosed with Lupus and MS. We are so lucky to have Lynn on the podcast this week and I am excited to share our conversation.Show notes: www.gistyarn.com/episode-101…
 
Can you believe this is the 100th episode! I’m so grateful for the community that we've created with this podcast. Thank you for your continued support!This week’s episode features Angela Tong, a designer of knitting & weaving patterns, a pottery maker and a Mirrix Looms brand ambassador. I came across Angela’s work via BIPOC in fiber project and I…
 
This week’s episode features Leigh Anne Hilbert, the Network Coordinator for the Carolina Textile District, an enterprise of The Industrial Commons. Growing up in a textile region in southwestern Virginia, Leigh saw factories close and thousands of people laid off, including her mother. After witnessing the positive impact that the Carolina Textile…
 
This week’s episode features Penelope Starr. Penelope repairs damaged Navajo rugs by reweaving them in order to restore their original pattern. In our conversation, we talk about the historical significance of Navajo weaving as well as how she had gained the technical skills to complete these restorations. Show notes : www.gistyarn.com/episode-98…
 
This week’s episode features Melonie Cavallaro Wallace, a fine artist, and weaver. Melonie studied Fine Art and Art History in Italy where she discovered her passion for classic oil painting, world culture and combining global textures, form, and color. She now uses these elements in her weaving practice which is based in South Philadelphia.Show No…
 
This week on the podcast I’m speaking with Kristin Arzt of Scrambles Quilts. Kristin is a quilter, natural dye grower and artist instructor residing in Oakland, California. She fuses yoga and wellness with her fiber practice and I'm excited to have her on the podcast this week to talk about her experience working in the beautiful natural fiber hub,…
 
This week on the podcast I’m speaking with Catherine Cross Tsintzos. Catherine is an Interdisciplinary-Multidisciplinary Artist with a focus on environmental and social issues, traditional fine craft and sustainability. She works with natural fibers and dyes with a deep focus on artistic practice, teaching, activism, and invitation for participatio…
 
This week on the podcast I'm speaking with writer, speaker and wool advocate Clara Parkes. Clara is known for her beloved “Knitters Review” as well as for her New York Times Best Seller “Knitlandia: A Knitter Sees the World.” In our conversation, we talk about her most recent publication “Vanishing Fleece: Adventures in American Wool.” A tale of he…
 
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