Thoughts on whats next.

The weaving studio of Andrea Zittel at A-Z West in Joshua Tree, CA.

The weaving studio of Andrea Zittel at A-Z West in Joshua Tree, CA.

I've been thinking a lot lately about community in the broader sense of textiles, craft and art making. Taking place this fall is a textiles/fiber related think tank that I have co-curated with my friends Andrea Zittel and Christy Matson. This project has been exciting to plan together and working on it has highlighted my interests in engaging in a larger conversation about textiles, craft and art through my personal studio practice.

My weaving process; from sketch to loom.

My weaving process; from sketch to loom.

To bring this to a more personal level, I've been thinking a lot about my goals as a weaver/artist/designer/business owner and the dualities between these roles. Blogging is not a natural inclination for me. As an artist and as an introvert, it's not easy for me to open up my studio and my head space for people to look into either physically or on the internet--yet, it is something that I also crave to do, to open in order to engage, collaborate and share ideas and I think it is necessary in order to grow and expand. In thinking about my goals, I'd like to try and use this space as a place for communication, contemplation, inspiration and announcements.

Working at Studio Herron in Chicago on Big Helen the AVL Dobby Loom. Photo Credit: Mike Killion for Saturate Chicago.

Working at Studio Herron in Chicago on Big Helen the AVL Dobby Loom. Photo Credit: Mike Killion for Saturate Chicago.

So let me bring this back around- over the course of this year in planning the think-tank with Christy and Andrea, it has set into motion ideas I want to explore with my own practice. I tell people that Herron is a weaving studio + textile brand, that means I divide myself into two entities; artist and designer/business owner. My struggle is how to be both but not too much of one. How can I create unique things that have meaning, importance and relevance while also creating things for people in everyday life? How can I make a living and also carve out time to explore new ideas, projects and make room to grow? I get stuck on tropes. Tropes I have seen and learned; the artist, the business woman, the designer, the educator. And, I get stuck on doing it all myself. Co-planning the think-tank has introduced me to other artists whose way of working and living break the mold of traditional tropes I have been stuck on, while also reminding me to invite new people and opportunities in. So I begin this Autumn season with inspiration. I am embarking on ideas of re-branding and re-location. I am working on the bones of some new projects; a book, a textile institute in upstate NY, teaching/mentorship possibilities in Portland, Oregon, weaving workshops in Europe, a residency in Iceland in November, and a solo weaving show in New York next Spring. I am still making and selling home textiles too; my blanket collection and other goods. Most of all, I am excited to discuss it more here, engage with you, share and learn.

To be continued...

Brainstorming on the Hudson River with Margot Becker in July. We traveled to this beach by boat.

Brainstorming on the Hudson River with Margot Becker in July. We traveled to this beach by boat.

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