Episode 7: Weaving Histories and Reclaiming Time with Avery Williamson – GIST: Yarn & Fiber
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Avery Williamson is an artist and weaver who explores the history of black Americans, specifically women, in personal and institutional archives. Her work examines how gaps in visual, oral and written documentation can inform the storytelling process. 

I first came across Avery’s work on Instagram a few months ago, and was captivated by the fluid use of color and texture in her weavings. I also love the titles that she gives her work:  “Unexpectedly Balanced After Some Minor Negotiations.” “Unwilling to Merge Assets, Unbothered by Conventional Wisdom.” “The body/country you have vs. the body/country you want.”

In our conversation we discussed how Avery's parents encouraged and raised a family of artists, why she is drawn to finding and creating from untold family histories in archives, the way creating and weaving has taken on new meaning in her life as the climate of racism in the United States increases, and so much more. 



Instagram: @aisforavery

Avery Williamson
Avery Williamson weaving
Fault Lines
Avery Williamson weaving
Avoiding Sinister Blossoms on a Daily Basis
Avery Williamson weaving
Transplant in Alien Soil
Avery Williamson weaving
Look, I don't dance now, I make money moves
Avery Williamson weaving
Thomas Jefferson
Avery Williamson weaving
At the Intersection of Feminism and Pessimism





Julia said:

This was an amazingly moving and inspiring interview. Avery is clearly an “Old Soul” artist with a deeply loving heart, a peaceful, thoughtful mind, and clear, sharp vision. Her quote, “Making is living.” is one that will stay with me for a long time.


Carolyn said:

I enjoyed this interview with Avery. I wanted to mention two organizations I have been a member of for years who have inspired me. They are Handweavers of America and the American Tapestry Alliance. Both have grown into international organizations.

Barb R.

Barb R. said:

I have liked the podcasts that have been posted so far. This one, not so much. I am a black fiber artists. I weave (own two looms), spin (have 4 spinning wheels), knit and crochet. I process my own fleeced and am venturing out into natrual dyes sourced on my own property. I guess what bothered me was the politics. I began listening to GIST to escape politics and it’s injection into every aspect of life in America. Now, I can’t escape it even here. I felt angry and disturbed. There is nowhere to go. Off with podcasts now too. I have listened to so many and all of them interject politics and I am so tired of it.

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