Elizabeth Tritthart is a weaver who works on a loom the size of a Ford 150 King Cab. While living in a world where chaos abounds, she works slowly and steadily to bring thousands of threads into a specific order to create art for mindfulness and a sense of control.
Inspiration for designs occurs as a by product of her historical research into ancient patterns from weavers around the world. Her design work involves transporting these designs and motifs into a contemporary artist’s conversation. The end result are pieces which have a timeless and delicate feel to them.
Eliz’s looms are in her home, in this way she follows the traditions weavers of history. Before the Industrial Age most weavers wove on looms in homes, barns, sheds, lofts or attics. The drawloom requires no electricity and it is quiet. In the configuration Elizabeth has chosen it is call a “long weave” in which patterns are woven slowly over the course of several sittings.
Historical research and design are just the beginning of her plan. The ultimate goal is to create a sustainable business in which this research can be funded and made accessible to future generations globally. The core of this project is to develop a context rich research database that includes stories, swatches, drafts, images and plans of looms and their weavers. The 100 Loom Tour project is the first step in this direction.
Elizabeth shares her research via HistoricWeaving.com and through weaving presentations to increase public appreciation for the looms, the weavers and the fabric they produce.