Emma Rhodes is a textile artist and designer living and working in Boston, Massachusetts. She studied fiber art at Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a concentration in hand weaving.
Education + Connection
I was formally introduced to weaving as a sophomore in college.The Fibers wing at MassArt is a spectacle in itself with rows of Macomber floor looms and yarn stacked to the ceiling in dark wooden cabinets. Being process oriented by nature, I immediately connected to the sequential steps required to warp a loom and the manual action of weaving.
Material sourcing is an integral part of my process, along with determining a weave structure that will accentuate distinct qualities of the yarn.
Weaving as Sculpture
My attention then shifts to the space the weaving will occupy—drawing influence from mid-20th century artists such as Robert Irwin, Donald Judd and Anni Albers. The integration of art and architecture was a prevalent theme throughout their careers.
Most recently, I have been working on a new project which was first released through GIST: Yarn & Fiber this fall.
Frame/Loom is a reimagined loom that elegantly frames your weaving.
What makes Frame/Loom unique is that it is designed to be used only once. When your weaving is complete the loom becomes a solid wood frame that can be hung on the wall or displayed on a shelf. I am thrilled with how these turned out and it is exciting to see what people are weaving on them. I also have my own ideas for a series of Frame/Loom weavings that I will be working on over the next few months.
Handmade in Providence, Rhode Island
In addition to building her studio practice, Emma is also the Community Coordinator at GIST: Yarn & Fiber—working directly with other hand weavers and artists to highlight their projects on the GIST website.
It has been a pleasure to become acquainted with so many of you through this role and I am continuously inspired by the community of weavers (near and far) sharing their work with the world.