It’s no secret that I love woven wall art. It’s also not a secret that I love color, so when I stumbled upon Ashley’s work, I spent quite a bit of time looking through her pieces and taking some of that joy that’s so apparent in her work, with me. Her use of color and pattern makes me smile every time I see it. Not to mention, it all looks like it belongs in a glossy magazine. Ashley is one to watch, and definitely have her work in your home!
Let’s meet her.
How would you describe your woven wall art?
A work in progress 😊. It feels funny to call it a business really. I am a weaver based out of Osgoode, Ontario and I sell my woven wall hangings on etsy.
How would you describe your woven wall art style?
Weaving is where I let a little wild out. I have been known to be a little O.C.D. in real life but when it’s just me and the fiber, my fingers do the thinking for me. I would say that my weaving is a little less earthy, and a lot more vibrant than many of the things one might think of when they think of a wall hanging. I almost always sketch and colour out my weaving beforehand but it often changes when I actually start. I want people to feel the joy in my weaving – a playfulness in colour and form!
How did you get started with woven wall art?
What do you love about woven wall art?
The feel of it. The textures. The way I can paint without actually picking up a brush.
What drives you crazy about creating woven wall art pieces?
The cost of it. That might not be what you expected, but good fibre is pricey (no, I get it Ashley, I really do.)
What craft would you like to try other than creating woven wall art pieces?
What’s one piece of advice you’d give to someone who wanted to open an online handmade shop?
Have patience + take great pictures.
What inspires you, or how do you keep your creative mojo going?
The outdoors – we camp a ton during the summer and it gives me the mental white space to get the juices flowing. I also spend a ton of time looking at other art in other mediums.
What’s one book/resource you would recommend for someone wanting to try their hand at your medium?
That’s a good question. Since I learned from a weaving guru, I never felt the need to seek out a book but youtube definitely has some helpful videos for different techniques. I am also considering offering workshops locally… so if you happen to live in the Ottawa, Canada area, perhaps I can help you learn.
Where can we find your woven wall art?
and Pare and Edit is also mine
(Ashley is also a…wait for it: space organizer, decorator and mentor!)
Doesn’t her work make you happy?! The colors, the palettes, the texture? I love it all. Her advice on patience and pictures? Well, considering that I just took images (at least 10 each) for all 40 pieces in my fall collection – I totally get what she means. You have to be sure to capture the right light, not over filter. Then the self talk: “Is it blurry? Wait. That one part is blurry, so I have to redo it.” Thank goodness for my son, Alex. He helped tremendously with picture taking – so much that he is now the Chief Cheering Officer in my shop, complete with bio! For more help with picture taking for your handmade shop, check this post, How to Edit Your Photos by The Weaving Loom.
In the meantime, check Ashley out and get that “someone just opened the window and let the sunshine in” feeling, you won’t be sorry!