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Handwoven Textiles by Andrea Carpenter
 

A B O U T

 
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ANDREA CARPENTER

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Andrea has been gravitated towards fibre and texture since she was a young child when her mother taught her to crochet—a practice passed down the generations of women in her family. Over the last twenty plus years, Andrea has dabbled in knitting, embroidery, sewing, and cross-stitch, but it wasn’t until she discovered weaving that she found her fibre passion. She stumbled upon woven tapestry in the Summer of 2015 while pregnant with her son and searching for a project she could create for his nursery. Andrea’s love for this art form materialized as the child within her grew and has only increased exponentially since his birth and childhood. Weaving became a way for her to center herself as she struggled with postpartum depression and anxiety. Using her hands to create has become a source of meditation, focus, and clarity while also allowing her to express herself creatively in a therapeutic way.

Art of any form has always provided Andrea a means for healing and expression amidst various struggles, loss, and pain she has encountered in her life. Like the legend of the Phoenix rising from its own ashes and being reborn, Andrea has drawn many parallels to this story of rebirth through adversity and her own. She looks to the Phoenix constellation in Autumn and Winter and is continually inspired by its symbol of strength and resilience as she strives to reflect those themes in her life and work.

 
 

favorites

I draw so much inspiration from nature, astronomy, and art, but I also seek it in music, literature, and film. These are some of my favorites.

 
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Harry Potter
Amelie
William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Edward Scissorhands
Practical Magic
American Beauty
Elizabeth
Pride and Prejudice

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Penny Dreadful
Game of Thrones
Peaky Blinders
Stranger Things
Cosmos
The X-Files

Sigur Ros
Explosions In the Sky
The National
Daughter
Bon Iver
Birdy
Mazzy Star
Radiohead
Volcano Choir
Bob Dylan
Lorde

 
 
 

Edgar Allan Poe
Maya Angelou
E. E. Cummings
Dylan Thomas
The Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

Valentino
Alexander McQueen
Rodarte

 
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