Art at Redbud Cafe
Redbud Cafe will feature the work of local artist, Angie Crowe, with a meet-the-artist opening on Friday, January 20, from 5:30pm – 6:30pm.
Please join us at Redbud Cafe for our first art show opening of the new year-
Karakul Rugs, Weavings and Felt • Angie Crowe
All of Angie Crowe’s work on display at Redbud Cafe will be available for purchase through Brieger Pottery, next door. The artwork will hang at Redbud Cafe through the beginning of March.
About the work:
After moving to a Blanco Co. farm in 1995, I started raising Karakul sheep for their long-staple, naturally colored wool. The hardy central Asian Karakul sheep produce two fleeces per year. The lambs are black or dark brown their first 6 months and as they age each successive coat is lighter in color. Karakul wool is a lustrous, strong fiber and is ideal for rug weaving.
The wool is washed outside after shearing, carded into batts, and spun into yarn on an old Ashford spinning wheel. My loom is a Rio Grande walking loom, a traditional rug loom used by weavers in New Mexico and Colorado.
Navajo and Rio Grande textile traditions have influenced me. Learning to play with the natural colors to find compatible combinations and bold geometric designs is a more contemporary approach and I utilize both styles in my weavings.
The felted rugs have been an attempt to manipulate the wool to produce a fresh pelt appearance. It’s a labor of love because it is labor intensive. It’s always a surprise to roll out a felting mat after such hard work and see a solid piece of wool fabric.
Thank you MC Buchholz for your beautiful wool.