Art at Redbud Cafe
We are fortunate to have a 'great wall' at Redbud Cafe – a beautiful expanse of historic plasterwork that stretches across the west side of the building. We are also fortunate to have a wonderful population of local artisans. This combo has given rise to Art at Redbud Cafe, an opportunity to showcase local art and make it available for sale through Brieger Pottery, next door to the cafe.
Now showing: Fiber Art by Angie Crowe
TRADITIONAL WOOLWORK: KARAKUL RUGS, WEAVINGS AND FELT
Join us at Redbud Cafe on Friday, January 20, 2017, from 5:30 - 6:30pm and meet local fiber artist, Angie Crow, and see the debut of her recent work. Angie Crow's work will be on display and for sale at Redbud Cafe from January 20 through the end of February.
We are delighted to have Angie Crowe's beautiful Karakul rugs, weavings and felt on display at Redbud Cafe.
From the Artist:
After moving to a Blanco Co. farm in 1995, I started raising Karakul sheep for their long-staple, naturally colored wool. The hardy central Asian Karakul sheep produce two fleeces per year. The lambs are black or dark brown their first 6 months and as they age each successive coat is lighter in color. Karakul wool is a lustrous, strong fiber and is ideal for rug weaving.
The wool is washed outside after shearing, carded into batts, and spun into yarn on an old Ashford spinning wheel. My loom is a Rio Grande walking loom, a traditional rug loom used by weavers in New Mexico and Colorado.
Navajo and Rio Grande textile traditions have influenced me. Learning to play with the natural colors to find compatible combinations and bold geometric designs is a more contemporary approach and I utilize both styles in my weavings.
The felted rugs have been an attempt to manipulate the wool to produce a fresh pelt appearance. It's a labor of love because it is labor intensive. It's always a surprise to roll out a felting mat after such hard work and see a solid piece of wool fabric.
Thank you MC Buchholz for your beautiful wool.
- Angie Crowe