MARYANNE MOODIE has made loom weaving hip and established a global following on social media.
Moodie was a two-time finalist in the Martha Stewart american made awards, has fans in the USA, Australia, Canada, Europe and Asia, and released On The Loom: A Modern Weaver’s Guide in 2016.
Currently based in Melbourne, she travels around the country holding weaving workshops and retreats.
A school teacher for ten years, Moodie first took up frame loom weaving when she was pregnant with her first child.
“I started on Instagram in the early days when it was much easier to gain a following and interact with your tribe,” she says.
“I still love how easy it can be to interact with your community.
“Don’t get me started on the algorithm–but I think you just have to surf the changes”.
Moodie describes her stunning pieces as “nostalgic and playful”, drawing inspiration from the 1970s, street fashion, interior design and “her own emotional journey”.
Her “nostalgic” designs tap into a burgeoning desire for simpler times, which is ironic giving her huge following on social media.
“You need to stay open to your audience and know when to move forward and when to pull back”, she says
Moodie says multitasking is not an option while weaving.
“Weaving takes all of your attention–you can’t surf the net, read a book or even watch TV whilst weaving. It also weaves a strong bond with the makers of yesteryear and a simpler time.”
Moodie will be holding a weaving talk and workshops next Saturday (October 12) at Stackwood, Stack Street in Fremantle.
by ALEX MURFETT