Micheal Oswald

 

I met Micheal while set up a top the South Street Whole Foods 6 years ago.  He expressed interest in joining in on a weaving class with me and had done a workshop out in Washington state and worked on a floor loom and needed to learn more.  When our first session was to start I was making classes available at a studio I had spent a decade in at 915 Spring Garden.  It was a place I hosted interns, open studios and now newly classes as I moved my production up to Frankford to a larger space.  The night we were to start class just an hour before I arrived to my studio I found it locked up and the building closed for 29 fire and electrical violations.  Only having met Micheal once I had to call him and tell him we couldn’t meet at the location where class was planned   I offered to caravan him and 2 other students to my new production studio space and he agreed.  It was one of those weird moments where you just don’t know if your building or losing the relationship of a new student.  We have worked together ever since.  He has made a handwoven belt, place mats, a table runner, crocheted blanket, tapestry, the half woven half crocheted infinity scarf, and currently is making a rug on the peg loom.  He is an integral part of our textile community and Textile Thursday offerings which currently meet on Zoom each Thursday from 6-7:30 and hopefully in person at Art Star again come Fall with the Zoom element for those looking in from afar.

 

Process & Final Pieces