Photo by Caitlin Abrams
Wall art weavings by Mandi Smethells
In case you missed it the last time it came around during the ‘70s, fiber art is back. Actually, weaving and macramé started popping up again a couple of years ago at hipster places like the ACE hotel. Locally, you need only look to your nearest library to learn weaving techniques to make jewelry, plant hangers, and art. But the latest twist is the way today’s makers are creating modern pieces using the ages-old knotting and weaving techniques (that, in fact, date back centuries). Case in point: Mandi Smethells’s handwoven wall hangings, above. “By using contemporary color palettes, color blocking, and simple geometric shapes, weaving can be a gorgeous addition to a modern home,” she says.