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another gentle nudge in nantucket

One night after dinner Dale and I took a stroll down the Old South Warf of Nantucket  and, in the least likely of places, had another brush with the loom.

Operating out of a Scallop Shack festooned with soft woolly blankets and silky throws was Karin Sheppard. Karin is an island native, the perfect person to talk to about life on the island and following her passion for weaving.  With an infectious and welcoming laugh she happily beckoned us into her studio and  launched into her story without missing a beat. Continue reading

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Sometimes inspiration arrives in the most round about way.

Last summer we took a trip to Nantucket after a friend’s Boston area wedding. It was a very spur of the moment plan made at the last min, and one of our best ideas ever!

A life changing idea.

So an amazing beach vacation was a no brainer, what i hadn’t factored in was the huge appreciation for handiwork and traditional craftsmanship that exists on the island. There were artists everywhere, producing incredible works and being totally appreciated for their contributions to the local landscape. It was glorious.

weaving room

A trip down Orange st brought us to the bright and loft like studio of Swedish weaver Anna Lynn. Anna came to the United States in 1980 to study textile design at the Pratt Institute in New York City later finding her way to Nantucket via the Nantucket Island School of Design and the Arts. She has been working on the island since 1984 weaving rugs, tapestries and fabrics, as well as collecting and importing vintage Swedish textiles.

weaving room loom

A gracious woman, Anna took the time to explain her looms and give me a walk through her wool and rag stash explaining how she finished works and inserted her own memories to each piece using colour and texture.

Fringed wool-mohair throws, in colors often inspired by the ocean, are 4 by 6 feet ($325); for a thicker weave, she combines mohair and alpaca, and for shine, she adds silk threads. Custom cotton rugs up to 12 feet wide (or wider, if the pieces are sewn together) are $40 a square foot; wool rugs are $80 to $100 a square foot.

weaving room

I left that day with so many questions to ask and ideas I wanted to explore.
Bitten for sure!

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