This small watercolor painting is the first study for Crossnore Weaver. Its the initial appearance of an idea I’ve been processing ever since I learned of the Crossnore weavers a few years ago.
Yeah. . . I’m slow.
Housed in the Crossnore Art Gallery is the weaving room, which the founder of Crossnore, Mary Martin Sloop created to preserve the ancient craft and provide an income for mountain families.
Watching the rhythm of the weavers working the shuttle over and under the threads on an intricately woven work is mesmerizing. I had to learn more. The math required to design a textile is fascinating and intensified my admiration of the weavers skill.
Out came the sketchbook and I started making drawings. As I drew and talked with the weavers, I learned Mrs. Martin documented her experiences creating Crosnnore campus in a book, Miracle in the Hills. I highly recommend it as an inspiring story of what love coupled with determination can accomplish. (more…)