ADDRESS Interview with Ana Isabel Textiles.
Define your product in 3 sentences or less. I design, dye and weave modern one of a kind wall hangings using traditional equipment and processes. I work with mainly silk and other natural fibers. I’m influenced by the Bauhaus textile ladies (Anni Albers, Gunta Stlozl, etc), Agnes Martin and Lenore Tawney.
Describe your creative process. It’s really different each time I weave a project. Sometimes I start with lots and lots of sketches as well as sampling on the loom, depending if I’m testing a new pattern or yarn. Other times I just get a warp on the loom and weave with a set palette but not necessarily a plan. I work in small series, so each time I prep the loom to weave, I have the number of weavings and sizes in mind.
Where do you find inspiration when experiencing a creative block? I actually just try not to think about it. I also keep a sketch/idea book where I write down or sketch anything and everything so I revisit some of these ideas when I’m feeling blocked. I don’t get a lot of time to make these days (I have a toddler) so I document ideas even if I know that I won’t have time to work on them right now.
What advice would you give to young designers / makers / artists / creatives aspiring to make it in their field? I feel that I’m not qualified to answer this because I’m still finding what works for me but I would say be open to things, work hard and keep your word.
What’s your dream project? My dream project would be to do some large weavings and have them set up in a way where people can experience them in a tactile way.
What art / design trends are you excited about? Weaving is really hot right now, so that’s exciting.