A visit from Foxtail + Moss

I'm all moved and settled in the new studio. There's been a constant flow of visitors, most recently this week, Lauren of Foxtail + Moss, who came by for a little interview and a glimpse of all the production weaving happening. We had a nice chat accompanied by the powdery sweetness of donuts. Check out our interview on Foxtail's blog. Thanks for coming by Lauren!


Art Camp at Wandawega

This Weekend was lovely and magical up at Camp Wandawega in Elkhorn, WI. I was invited to come to Art Camp, a curated weekend of workshops among Chicago makers. On Saturday I hosted a 2 hour weaving workshop that ended up being an entire day. People milled in and out of the tent trying out the lovely looms I brought made by Emily Brock of Board and Bread

In addition to workshops hosted by myself, The Foxglove Studio, Cities in Dust, Steve Juras and Steven Teichelman, there were three delicious meals a day, lovingly prepared by Sage Reed, Soo Choi, Heather Crosby and Johanna Lowe and to top it all off a delightful evening of music by Jim Becker, Elise Bergman and Jerimiah Chui.

Now that I am back home in Chicago I am dreaming of homemade french toast, lake swims, treehouses and campfires. Happy to have met so many lovely folks and share some art and food with them.

Ladies of Art Camp

First time weaver Tristan Couler was a natural!

Settin' up the tables and gettin' ready to weave

Seth relaxing in an Adirondack chair with his weaving project

Picnic Lunches by Heather Crosby

The collage table

Lauren and Travis of Small Room Collective paid a visit in their vintage airstream which doubles as both their home and store. They have been travelling the US since 2011 with their dog George, selling their goods and making new friends.

Me + Frances in the treehouse

We made feather + bullet earrings in Meghan's workshop

Caitlin and Seth gave a floral wreath workshop that I truly enjoyed.

Invitation to dine. A Finnish Midsummer Night's Dinner by Sage Reed.

Rope swing + Lake + Sunset, perfect way to end a Saturday full of art making and eating. 


A Visit to Acre Artist Residency

This past weekend I was invited to Acre Artist Residency in Steuben Wisconsin as a visiting artist. Upon my visit I taught a 2-day weaving workshop in the newly forming weaving studios.  It was my first time visiting Acre and Steuben Lodge and I was captivated by the beauty of the landscape and the history of the area. Steuben lodge is situated in the Oochooch Mountains near the Kickapoo River among wettlands and an abundance of wildlife (Including Blue Heron's!). Beyond the summer residency it serves as a 120 acre sustainable organic Farm and fish hatchery owned and run by Rosa and Bob Samuelson.

I spent my time in the weaving studio with resident artists teaching a workshop based on weaving materials and techniqes. We used small I-looms to try techniques and set up a round-robin weave on one of the Schacht Floor looms. Some of the students were focusing on twill weave structures on The Cranbrook and smaller tabletop and lap looms. 

The Acre Dining Hall
Pre-dinner gathering

Diana, weaving her twill sampler on the Cranbrook loom.

The lovely Dominique from Switzerland, whose work practices invlove text and poetry, sentimentality, domestic spaces and domestic labor with a keen interest in textile manipulations, wove a balanced twill sampler on the 4-shaft table loom and a technique sampler on the I-loom.

More student experimentation work from the workshop.

Sampler pieces by Tara Hill

Student work on the Round Robin Loom

Fiber work hanging up in Steuben Lodge

A long, long drive back to Chicago with Chris and Leo.

In addition to being in the weaving studio, it was so great to see some friends I have not seen in over ten years, meet new artists working in incredible ways and have some really thought provoking conversation. This experience was quite magical for me.

Big Thanks to Ciara Ruffino, Nicholas Wylie, Tara Hill and Jesse Malmed for the invitation, accomodation and opportunity to come to Acre.

*First 3 images, courtesy Steuben Lodge Website. All other Images taken by Dee Clements 2014

News + Notes

The Tokyo Hotel in downtown Chicago is a 15 story 150 room building that was built in 1927. This year it is being redeveloped as The Freehand Hotel Chicago and  is slated to reopen in 2015. I had the pleasure of visiting the historic site for a meeting to see the model rooms for the new hotel, Herron has been hired to make 150 bed pillows. Sampling for this project has been enormously exciting and I am overjoyed to be making such a contribution to what I hope is a wildly successful Chicago hotel.

In other news, we have a new class up next month at Humboldt House, a basic tapestry weaving class and you can register at herronclothier.com, yarns and lap looms are included!
You will also find me teaching a weaving workshop Aug 10-12 at ACRE Artist Residency in Wisconsin. I am so excited to have been invited and am looking forward to it.
Last but not least, I will be teaching a mini weaving workshop at Wandawega's annual Art Camp. If you are in the Grand Rapids area, I will be at Have Company from September 12-18 teaching weaving and making a woven installation for the shop. Stop on by and say hello!
And lastly, I will be teaching an intensive Tapestry workshop at The Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn, NY September 27 + 28, there are 4 seats left, so hurry!


Art Camp

Happy Sunday everyone!

I am super excited to share that I will be teaching a little weaving workshop later this Summer at Wandawega for Art Camp, an annual gathering of artisans and makers who share their craft, run workshops and get their camp on. Check out this great article about it.

I've begun making preparations for the art camp workshop (among others I will be teaching late Summer-Fall. details on those coming soon!) We'll be weaving on Emily Brock of Board and Bread's gorgeous little lap looms made from Black Walnut.

(Loom by Board and Bread, weaving by Allison Volek Shelton of Shutters & Shuttles)

There are a few spaces left in the Herron Weaving Workshops at Humboldt House, if you are interested, head on over to herronclothier.com to sign up!