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Featured Artist Weaver Avery Williamson

Artist Spotlight - Avery Williamson 

This week we are highlighting the work of Avery Williamson, an artist, researcher and writer who we had the pleasure of speaking with on the Weave Podcast earlier this year. Using our yarns, Avery created this weaving that is full of movement, color and texture. 

Featured Artist Weaver Avery Williamson
 
Featured Artist Weaver Avery Williamson
                     

Flesh that Weeps and Laughs | 36" x 14" | 2018 

"This piece captures dialogue between a young woman and her ancestors. It is called Flesh that Weeps and Laughs.

I’ve been interested in bloodlines and what we inherit physically and emotionally from our ancestors. I used reds, oranges and pinks, as they felt most reflective of the human body - intestines, blood and flesh. I like to believe that many generations can remain in conversation with each other even after some of us are dead. It’s a constant back-and-forth about music, work, men, politics, women, housework, friendships, partnerships, and what it means to be independent.

I work in the medium of weaving, and view this piece, and many others, as portraits.  I’m looking at portraiture as something that is not distinct features - noses, ears and skin. These portraits  are not defined or tied to those distinct features. They moments within an ongoing conversation.

The warp and weft are loose, each time the piece moves location it changes shapes and reveals new compositions. The negative area represents navigating all the spaces we must pass through in order to support ourselves. It is about managing the emotions of others, while still holding space for our own sadness, joy, and anger." - Avery Williamson

Featured Artist Weaver Avery Williamson
                     
Featured Artist Weaver Avery Williamson
                     

Materials

Avery's yarn choices are so inspiring and includes some of our all time favorites! If you are interested in this style of weaving, give these yarns a try or check out our collection of yarn bundles.

Featured Artist Weaver Avery Williamson
                     
Featured Artist Weaver Avery Williamson
                     

About the Artist

Avery Williamson is an Ann Arbor, MI-based artist. Her work explore show gaps in visual, oral and written documentation can inform the storytelling process. These works take the form of weavings, drawings and painting. 

Avery earned her B.A. in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard College in 2013.

To learn more about Avery and her studio practice, listen to episode 7 of the Weave Podcast or visit her website and Instagram

Featured Artist Weaver Avery Williamson
October 18, 2018 — Emma Rhodes

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