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Indiana Artisan Rose Poe
Location:
Nashville
Phone:
(812) 988-2008
Medium:
Fiber - Handweaving on floor looms
Availability:
Brown County Craft Gallery; Bloomington Fiber Show; Indiana Artisan Marketplace; select area art shows
FEATURED WORK
Rose Poe

“The colorful yarns and fibers in my studio inspire my scarf and towel designs. I’m also greatly inspired by people who love my work and send it all over the world as gifts.”

Travel is a common thread through the fabric of Rose Poe’s work.  While she began weaving in earnest in 1986, she says, “My first memory of weaving was at 10 years old, in Arizona, when I visited a Reservation with my parents. I remember how beautiful the woven Navajo rugs and other items looked.”  Following the trip, her father made a small frame loom, and on that she began another journey that has led to the exceptional functional hand-woven work she creates on floor looms today.

“Since I was a little girl visiting museums, I have always had an interest in antique overshot coverlet designs and how they are constructed,” Rose said.  “Years later, when I visited some weaving shops and saw the beautiful looms, I decided to try it.  I wanted to make some of those beautiful coverlets.”

Rose uses authentic colonial patterns for her overshot pieces, and while she uses fibers as close as possible to those in original coverlets, her pieces also are practical for modern living. “The fact that I’m mostly self-taught may add to the uniqueness of my work,” she says.

One of many Indiana Artisans whose mastery is the result of years of practice, Rose says she has not had any formal art education.  “When I began weaving, I took four days of classes to learn the basics and how to warp the loom,” she said.  “Other than that, I am self taught. Twenty eight years of practice, trial and error.”

Rose is inspired by photographs of old woven coverlets from colonial times, and her desire for travel continues today.  She visits historical locations to see coverlets and other woven fabric in person.

“I take pride in carrying on the tradition of Indiana weavers of the 1800s,” she says.  “Looking at my own colorful yarns and fibers in the studio also inspires the designs for my scarves and towels, and here in Brown County we enjoy a unique friendship between all kinds of artists. We all are very supportive of each other.”  And as an Indiana Artisan, she anticipates that will grow as she meets others in the statewide community of Indiana’s high-quality artisans.

Like so many artists, Rose says, “I’m particularly inspired by the people who love my work and send it all over the world as gifts.  I enjoy hearing how they appreciate my weaving, and it means a lot to me personally when they share their stories about the enjoyment it brings them. It makes me want to do more.”