Sometimes, being inspired by someone else's artwork might be the start of your craft pursuit and the development of your own style. Setting eyes on the weaving works of Mayanne Moodie was what kickstarted Toronto based weaver, Jessica Hotson's passion for the craft...
Inspired by cities she have visited in her younger days, different cultures and memories of her home country, Portland-based fiber artist Laura Rosado Virues's works give us that feeling of goosebumps when we first caught eyes on them.
We became an instant fan of Carrie Burch's embroidered work when we first caught sight of her portrait series with fractured mirror effects.
"In weaving, every line counts just like how in life, every moment counts." Portland-based weaver Jessica Boicourt finds parallel between weaving and her interest in existentialism.
"Weaving acts as a means for me to explore various aspects of my heritage and culture with an innate sense of freedom." Just by looking at Sydney-based weaver, Nikita Sheth's woven pieces, you can feel them bursting with the rich cultures of her family background.
Childhood passion turned career. Melbourne-based maker, Kate Gordes was obsessed with the art of knotting since her early scouting days.
We fell head over heels with Poppy's (better known by her Instagram handle as @totem.by.poppy) circular weaves the moment we set eyes on them.
"Reversing the roles is such a huge weight off my shoulders, and if not now then when?" Having to quit her job might not have been a choice for New Orleans based weaver, Kat King, but we love her "not now then when?" mentality to jump straight into realising her crafting dream.
"I use this art form to tell my story, to heal the rough parts and celebrate the accomplishments." – this aptly encapsulates the motivation behind Texas based weaver Ellen Bruxvoort's works.
"If you do what you love, you will never work a day in your life." Having worked in the advertising and public relations industry for 15 years, New Jersey based macramé artist, Cindy Bokser never quite felt the sense of euphoria from her day job as compared to making things with her own hands.
Memories can be captured in many forms – through a photograph, recording or even penning it down in a journal. For a tactile person like Linn Markstein, creating woven pieces using natural textiles and fibers has became her way of holding on to special moments in her life (we can imagine more woven wall hangings than frames in her home!).
"You have to start somewhere to make it anywhere." To many, the first step will seem like a huge (and often terrifying) hurdle to cross. And it's no exception for Canadian based weaver Lucy Poskitt when she was asked by a curator to teach a workshop at an exhibition where her works were showcased.
Just like how an artist expresses his emotions and feelings in a piece of painting, Taiwanese weaver, Ji Jing Lai aims to do the same using yarns as her canvas. A former graphic designer turned textile and jewelry designer, Jing finds inspiration for her woven pieces from her daily life and love for nature.
By just looking at the thousands of small knots that make up Gabrielle Diamantis's macramé works, we can assuredly say that she's in a different league from the rest.
Where craft meets art. While many makers may choose just the former, fiber artist Aly Barohn aims to evoke personal nostalgic through her craft form, embroidery.
We always have a soft spot for products that are born out of a collaboration with different artists. So when we heard about the concept behind GUR, we were immediately sold on.
Even though we can never find brightly-colored fall foliage in Singapore where the KOEL HQ is located, we are lucky to get a glimpse of autumn through the macramé works of Susana Cunha (which makes us want to fly over to her part of the word!).