My goal as a weaver and fiber artist is to create distinctive cloth that cannot easily be produced commercially. To that end, I often dye my warps (threads that are stretched on the loom) so that colors blend from one into the next. Recently, I have been experimenting with creating designs using Repper, an inexpensive program that allows the user to play with symmetry, using any JPEG file as the source.  I can save tiles and, using a photo editing program, create liftplans (the order in which a loom is treadled) for woven designs.

        I like to create garments and accessories that are as functional as they are beautiful: warm shawls, jackets that go from office to evening events, etc.  I also weave one-of-a-kind table linens, make kumihimo jewelry, and create pieced and rag-woven carryalls, purses, and evening bags

        My work is available for sale in the Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery in the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia.  I work from a studio in my home.

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Ruth Blau: weaver, dyer, knitter, spinner, kumihimist, jewelry maker
Southwest Sunset