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Handwoven Textiles by Andrea Carpenter
 
 
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BY ANDREA CARPENTER

The Winter Phoenix is a California based handwoven textile brand by Andrea Carpenter. Each piece is inspired by nature, astronomy, art, music, and literature. A purist at heart, Andrea creates one-of-a-kind pieces that are not only inspired by the earth, but that also come from it by using sustainably sourced fibers.

 
 
 

USA

MADE

 
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INSPIRATION

BEHIND THE COLLECTION

This collection is the physical representation of my emotional metamorphosis of 2018. Upon embarking on a journey of self-discovery and self-improvement I faced drastic change, displacement, and prolonged transition. I mourned the loss of a home, and a community, as well as faced abuse and betrayal within said community, all while continuing to navigate the deconstruction of my faith and grieve the loss of significant relationships. As a result I battled deep depression and ambiguous physical health issues.

But through it all I continued to unapologetically embrace and expand upon my beliefs concerning social justice, feminism, and intersectionality. And I continued to learn to find and use my voice in spaces where I am expected and encouraged to be silent.

This collection was created amongst all of this. Upon reflection of situations where I have felt silenced and ignored, I intuitively gave my hands the power to say with fiber what my mouth and heart could not say with words.

*I listened to Neko Case much of the time that I worked on this collection. Some of the pieces in this collection have titles that are lyrics from songs off of her latest album, Hell-On. Those titles are in quotations and speak to the inspiration behind their accompanying pieces.

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