Cloth, and the way humans relate to it has always been a subject of interest for me.

My name is Iona. I am a handweaver hailing from Michigan by way of New Hampshire. I spend as much time as I can weaving and sewing and knitting and spinning.

This is a really old picture of me. 2007.
This is a really old picture of me. 2007.

I consider myself an artist and a craftsperson. At Earlham College I took a weaving class during my second year and I was instantly hooked. I picked weaving as the focus of my art major and made my senior project about weaving cloth to be sewn into garments.

working on my weaving senior project at Earlham College. 2008

Since graduating I have been continuing to weave while working in customer service and food service jobs to support myself. In the last ten or so years I have developed a sense of the type of woven goods I prefer to make.

circa 2007. Earlham College

There are still some mysteries for me about the aesthetics of the woven goods I produce. I have found that the ones I find the least appealing end up selling more quickly than ones that I feel confident about.

More senior project. 2008

My current creative process exists in the tension between producing larger woven projects that allow me to plan, design, and weave a completely new item, and my regimented product production for The Woven Good. I strive to make durable household items but also to focus on bringing visually appealing handwoven cloth items into new homes and hands. 

At the loom, 2021

I want to make art that is beautiful and useful, never one without the other.