Gist Yarn opened in 2017 as a little yarn shop with a big idea: inspire a growing community of weavers with quality weaving yarn, fresh pattern designs, and a warm and welcoming spot to find your weaving home.
Since then, we’ve grown to a team of 7 fiber enthusiasts proud to contribute to a thriving textile industry by working with fiber farmers, spinning mills, dyehouses, weaving teachers, pattern designers, and brick-and-mortar yarn shops.
One of the ways that we foster community is through the Weave Podcast. The Weave Podcast brings together weavers and makers, farmers and mill owners, loom manufacturers, textile artists, and sustainability experts, to tell the stories of the threads that bind us together.
The more we recorded and shared these stories, the more we realized the need to continue to encourage and support weavers to engage their communities in fiber art practices. Because of this, LaChaun Moore, our Director of Partnerships and Collaborations, dreamed up and developed our WEAVE Artist in Residency program, which we proudly launched in 2022. To see last year's selected artists click here.
Our WEAVE Artist in Residency program is a 12-week long remote residency that aims to support weavers and fiber enthusiasts who engage in community-based fiber practices. Each participant will receive a $1,500.00 cash stipend to use with no restrictions, and a $1,500.00 materials budget to shop for materials on the Gist Yarn website. We will select four Artists in Residence in 2024.
Artists’ proposed projects are not limited to using Gist Yarn products but should include them. All projects must be focused on weaving, but can also incorporate other fiber mediums such as knitting, macrame, and mixed media. This is a remote residency that is limited to US-based weavers. We ask each Artist in Residence to commit to at least 4 hrs a week or 50 hours total over the course of 12 weeks to work on their proposed residency project.
We intend to document the process with photography and/or video depending on the artist’s preference. Artists in Residence will be asked to complete: at least (but not limited to) one blog post and podcast episode, to share with the Gist Yarn community.
This residency does not require expertise or previous weaving experience. It does require a sincere interest and investment of time into the art of weaving. We want to support weavers who are creating community in interesting ways, and we look forward to hearing from you.
In 2024, we will select four artists through this open process.
We will be considering the following when evaluating applications:
Each Artist in Residence will receive a $1,500 cash stipend and a $1,500 gift card to spend on materials on the Gist Yarn website. In addition to the cash and materials stipends, artist will have access to a $450.00 media budget to document the process.
We will consider you a part of our team while you are in this program. You will have access to mentoring by LaChaun Moore, a contemporary artist, ethnographic fiber researcher, and farmer. In addition, you are welcome to reach out to other members of our team for mentoring or guidance - we have a lot of areas covered between us, from social media marketing to financial management for small businesses, to writing and publishing weaving patterns.
You will also be able to access our platforms to promote your own work as an artist. We will share your work on our website and social media platforms, tagging and linking to you directly.
WEAVE residency lasts 12 weeks. We will host one artist per quarter. Artist will select between April-June, July-September, October-December, and January-March (of the following year).
Nope! We understand there are many societal barriers to becoming or being perceived as an established artist. We know that people in every different phase of their lives as artists have gifts to offer their communities. We are open to applications from people of all experience levels who have a great idea they are looking for support to develop.
This is a remote residency available to people who currently live in the United States, and we will be sending materials to US addresses. You do not need to be a US citizen / Green Card holder to participate.
Yes, Artists applying must be at least 18 years of age.
Yes, we accept applications from students and degree seeking individuals.
The Artist in Residency program is funded from a portion of the proceeds from yarn and weaving equipment sold on the Gist Yarn website. If you are one of our customers, YOU are part of supporting our Artists in Residence to engage their communities in fiber art practices. Thank you!
If you feel like you are a good candidate for this residency, please fill out and submit your application here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfXhtNX9es-6qbAr4gMnaVdfVTCorg45LuAm6XGM64ZFwk2Pg/viewform?usp=sf_link