Some of our Artisan Weavers
The weaving center gives me a place to go and make new friends. I know I can accomplish something. I manage to see my weaving and detect any mistakes by using my hands. (Pauline celebrated her 101th birthday this July.)
I lost my vision due to glaucoma over 20 years ago. When I weave here at the Center, I don't feel like I'm blind.
I attended high school at Oak Hill School for the Blind where I learned how to weave. After my husband passed away in 1996, I started weaving at the Artisans Center. It was important for me to get out, meet new people, do weaving. It helped me overcome my great loss. I have developed friendships with other weavers and learned new techniques. I weave blankets, table runners, scarves and shawls.
The atmosphere at the Weaving Center is beautiful.
Olivia from BESB(Board of Ed. Services of the Blind) led me to Oak Hill after my loss of vision, about 8 years ago. Weaving Center has been a safe place where I can relax, rejuvenate, re-energize – a socially accepting environment with people from all backgrounds. A rich and enriching environment. I make wall hangings, place mats and table runners.
Totally blind since birth. My school years were spent at Oak Hill. I won Industrial Arts Award at Oak Hill 40 years ago. I started at the Artisans center in January of 2008. Starting to weave again brought back memories of when I first attended Oak Hill. I enjoy weaving, meeting new people who weave, and getting out. I live in Wethersfield and transportation is provided. I make scarves and weave fabric for bags and fashion accessories.
I attended at Oak Hill as a teenager and learned how to weave. I come to the Weaving Center 2 or 3 times a week. I like to weave here much better because there is no pressure.
Virginia knew little about weaving at the Center when she joined us 2 years ago. Now she makes beautiful scarves that are quickly bought up during our sales. Known for being a patient and careful weaver, Virginia weaves until the very last possible shed is had. "It gives me something to look forward to each day. These 3 days are set aside as something special."
Marlis was one of the original artisans at the former program at Oak Hill. She enrolled in the program, in part, to recover from a stroke. About our program, Marlis shared this. "If I could come more often, I would. There is something about this place that I don’t find anywhere else. There’s a measure of peace here. Plus the act of weaving gives a sense of rhythm and purpose. The creativity also feels really good."