Fan girl moment right now for the KOEL team... presenting to you master weaver, Maryanne Moodie! A self taught Australian textile artist who currently divides her time between Australia and Brooklyn, we are such big fans of her weaving artworks that seems to adorn interiors across the world. Playing with colour, form and texture in a seemingly effortless manner, she continues to bring much life to this ancient art through creating and imparting her skills to others. We are beyond excited that she said YES to us (and all you KOEL readers!) prying into her stash drawers of weaving tools and yarns today!
1. Describe yourself and what you do.
I am a teacher, author, weaver, product developer and entrepreneur. I split my time between my home in Australia and my weaving studio in Brooklyn.
2. Messy or organized? How does this trait affect your creative process?
Very organised. Everything has a place. I grew up in a family of 8 and no one ever knows where anything was. Now everything has a place and everything is in its place. I have a design process that I like to follow, one that gives me complete freedom to explore my emotions that might otherwise been left neglected if not for weaving, and my environment within the framework of my creative process.
3. Any tips to sourcing the best tools and supplies?
I love buying from small businesses run by women. I love to buy handmade tools and fibres that have been made with loving hands and knowing that the money is going to the maker. That is why I love Etsy so much!
4. Name one tool you cannot live without, and why.
Fiskaars Scissors. They are super ugly but they are the sharpest tools I know. I have some pretty pairs of Japanese bonsai snips that are made for instagram, but I mostly use my rubber handled Fiskaars when actually weaving.
5. What is your most recent purchase?
I never stop buying yarn! I recently found a textile factory closing down that had spools of vintage GOLD metallic yarn. I bought it ALL! Now I have enough to share with my customers too.
6. What is your best under $10 spent?
I use a little wooden crochet hook that I bought on Etsy to help weave all my ends in at the back. Saves so much time!