The Weaving Mill celebrated its 7th birthday in the summer of 2022. To celebrate said birthday, they wove a collection of commemorative blankets using yarns inherited from the Chicago Weaving Corporation, the now-shuttered weaving concern out of which TWM emerged. Featuring several pattern riffs on the theme ofSeven, these blankets play with directional twills, bifurcated planes, borders and boundaries.
These two companion blankets are namedMasts & Planks, in reference to the ways in which TWM feels at times less a business than a boat. A ship built by many hands: stewarded, repaired and reworked, traveling from port to port with goods in tow. Afterall, what is a selvedge but a gunwale? Dimensions: 59 x 71” Materials: Deadstock Chicago Weaving Corporation acrylic, polyester and cotton-like acrylic yarns
The Weaving Mill (Humboldt Park)
The Weaving Mill is an artist-run industrial weaving studio in Chicago. They make limited runs of woven home goods and apparel, focusing on creative use of dead stock, scrapped, and recycled yarns, as well as supply-chain-forward contemporary materials. In partnership with social services agency Envision Unlimited, they provide textile education workshops for adults with developmental disabilities and host an experimental artist residency program. Through their projects, textile and otherwise, they aim to fill the space between the hand and industrially made and bring the mechanics of textile production into wider view.
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