Through the years I have tried many weave structures, textures, palettes and fibers. I have been inspired by the colors and geography of upstate New York (my original home), the Rocky Mountains of Colorado (my hearts home) and the desert of New Mexico (my current home). Nine years ago I started weaving eight harness block twill, to my surprise, my inspiration became mathematical formulas and number sequences. The result of combining this weave structure and these various formulas has captivated me. I believe that there is no end to what can be produced with this combination. I primarily weave with tencel, bamboo, West Texas Organic Cotton, and silk. These fibers create a sheen that accentuates the contrasting blocks. The drape and hand of these fibers and this weave structure is unsurpassed.
Maria Navarra Pino
I took my first weaving class while living in upstate New York more than 40 years ago. It was fashionable at that time to weave sticks and feathers together and hope that it did not fall apart. My next class was on a four harness floor loom. The moment I sat at the loom and threw the shuttle I knew I was “home.”
Looking back on my life, I see that the only constants have been my two sons and
weaving. Both have “anchored” me through the many moves and changes life offered. When the looms were set up in each new house, it became home. The process of weaving demands focus. This enabled me (and still does) to escape into the details and out of the flurry around me. I remember, years ago, my younger son asking, “Mom, do you really like weaving?” I responded, “It’s just what I do.” Now, many years later, my response would be the same. Every day I am connected to weaving in some way…………….I am a weaver. It is what I do.
It is so amazing that after 40 years I am still as excited about weaving as I was in the beginning. The entire process - designing the warp, dressing the loom and finally throwing the shuttle - to this day excites me. My current work is weaving rooted and classic--not trendy. It is my goal that my shawls be seen and worn as unique works of art; both visually and tactilely pleasing. That they be the focal point of any outfit is my aim.