I make each piece from the ground-up, beginning with building the textile. On my large wooden floor loom, thousands of lines - hand spun thread - are warped, measured, braided, and prepared for the weaving process. This braided chain of threads makes its way to loom where I roll and stretch out each line, forming the warp.
These threads are woven together through a solitary and ritual-like process that is formed line by line. It is a physically intensive process, a rhythmic act of dancing-drawing-building. The remnant of this act - a woven web - is then introduced to water baths until the warp and weft threads finally become one.
This piece is then draped, cut and stitched by hand. Over one hundred hours are required for each piece. Garments are to live among and in, all one of a kind.
"It is the Warp that must come first - in practice and by rights he leads the way. Indeed, he could remain there by himself, though what would he amount to on his own? Without the Weft he's on stage alone in brawny parallel lines - bored to death. This is why each Warp is driven mad wanting to meet the Weft as soon as he can; and she is just as desperate to be found."
- Patricia Cavalli, To Weave is Human