I studied painting and worked with school and museum arts programmes in New York City. On my second day at the Findhorn Foundation, I arrived at the Weaving Studio at the start of a tour of the Park and heard the guide say that she would be leaving the community soon and perhaps one of us would like to come and keep the weaving alive. Okay, I thought. That was in 1990 and after studying basic weaving in New York, I did return and have worked in the studio since 1992. Learning by doing, and benefiting from the heritage of the community weavers I have had wonderful adventures exploring pattern, colour, fibre and texture. I am particularly interested in pictorial weaving including doubleweave, Gobelins tapestry and Theo Moorman technique. For years, I have been offering an ongoing course in the basics of handweaving. This class has been a pleasure for me and several of my students are happily exploring not so basic weaving!
I moved to Scotland in 1993, and since then I have been exploring the landscape, flora and fauna through different art forms. Especially my textile pieces are reflections of the landscape, the light, the weather, the animals that provide fibre and the plants that provide natural dye materials. In 2004 I began my weaving journey with a beginner’s class at the studio, learning to prepare a loom and weave some simple patterns, then went on to explore the world of colours and textures from loose fabric for wraps and scarves to the small shapes of woven jewellery. In a computerised world I love that weaving is one of the oldest binary systems: two threads meet, one goes over while the other goes under, and in their sequences they form the most intricate patterns. Many cultures see weaving as a metaphor of creation, the myth of weaving the world into being. It’s good to be part of a tradition like that.
I have also been a knitter for most of my life. Over the last few years I have been studying mostly Shetland lace and Fairisle patterns. I enjoy knitting hats and scarves from locally grown and spun yarns – all made here!
Katharina & Kathryn