As Jenna and I entered the Brooklyn home of tapestry weaver Maryanne Moodie, we soon realized we would be in for a treat . Wall hangings from herself and gifts from friends in her circle of weavers adorn her spacious, mid-century inspired home. Sun floods into each room of her beautiful apartment, setting the bright and lively tone of the day’s conversation.
Maryanne began her interest in making as an art teacher in Australia. Wanting her own creative outlet, Maryanne knew that she wanted to craft beautiful hand-built gifts to share with people similar to the cherished creations she has received. She attempted ceramics, knitting, crochet, even took up basket weaving - foraging from sections of the bush for twigs & sticks to use. Nothing seemed to stick. While perusing Pinterest, as we all do, she began noticing some “knitty arty type things” but couldn’t find much further information on them. After pinning a few onto her boards, she was asked to clean out her school’s art closet in preparations for a move to a new building. A small box stuffed at the back of the closet called to her; inside was a tiny little loom and simple instructions. She quietly threw the loom into her car and the rest is history! (Well, maybe there was a little bit more to the story). With a newly acquired loom and focus to learn a craft, Maryanne began weaving small pieces that would eventually grow into the tapestries we love today. And with works inspired by textile artist Nick Cave, found objects, house doilies, bright colors and sequins, it’s hard not to want a piece for every room of your apartment.
We found Maryanne through her Instagram account where she carefully styles and arranges her lovely creations through her home; appropriately, this is also where she found a community of women with similar interests who helped guide her through the weaving process. Her kind spirit and willingness to help people learn is what we love about Maryanne and her work. She is all about giving back through her craft as well as creating wonderfully intricate and detailed pieces. To avoid the learning hiccups that she went through, she thoughtfully has sourced the perfect size, sustainable starter loom from a couple in Australia and put together a simple kit complete with thread, yarn and needle to give beginners a better start at producing their own works. Maryanne also has upcoming classes in May, as information for beginning weavers can be difficult to gather. For more information on Maryanne and her tapestries, visit her website. All of her current pieces are commissioned but she is beginning to sell small collections in a few stores across the U.S including Forage in Minnesota and online store Straw & Gold in Brooklyn.