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