Showcasing the Arts

 

Dec. 2013 Featured Artist: Stephanie Brown


Stephanie Brown I strive to create livable, touchable textiles that my customers can confidently incorporate into their home environment. I love fabric and have always been drawn to the elegantly simple, hardwearing old peasant textiles in which you can feel the hand of the weaver. In contrast to the fine linens that were stored away for special occasions, I prefer the aesthetic of these sturdy everyday fabrics that grow richer with time and use—developing a softer feel to the hand and delicate fading through the years.

Inspired by these textiles, my goal is to create modern fabric that has an air of timelessness about it. I work in small batches of five to 30 yards on Swedish handlooms in widths up to 36 inches. By not automating the process, I am able to be intimately involved with every step. Before the fabric is delivered to my customers, every inch of yarn has passed through human hands multiple times as it is prepared and woven, ensuring a level of quality and care only available in handcraft.

 

Weaving for the design trade, I work with interior designers and other makers to bring unique fabric and trim choices to their clients. My linen/cotton yardage is imbued with the look and feel of sun-washed, antique linens. It is available in both stock designs and custom to match a client’s needs. My band trim, woven in pure cotton, is also available in both stock and custom designs in widths up to two inches. I want my clients to feel the rich connection we all have to our textile past both in the fabric’s aesthetic and in the much more personal nature of fabric made by hand in small batches.

This year I moved my studio to a new location which feels so appropriate for my work. I am now at Hope Mills, an old textile mill from the turn of the twentieth century, in the Germantown area of Louisville.

Stephanie Brown
Louisville, Ky.

Telephone: 502-544-4848
Email: stephanie@tenthpost.com

 

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