photo credit: Jen Johnson Design
Nice to meet you! I'm emelie
Hi! My name is Emelie Weber Wade. I am a weaver, designer maker, and fiber artist working on 4 and 8-shaft floor looms. My magic is creating one-of-a-kind modern textiles for the old soul. Each piece of wearable art I make is designed, handwoven, and sewn by my own two hands. My husband, Bressler Wade, is my apprentice and helps out with weaving fabric for scrunchies, loom repair, and demonstrations at art shows.
I learned how to weave in 2012 as an apprentice weaver at Berea College, where I also studied studio art with a concentration in fibers. I worked 10 hours a week weaving baby blankets, napkins, and scarves on fly shuttle and hand looms in exchange for a full-tuition scholarship. In 2014, I was awarded the Sarah Fuller Smith Loom Award, which allowed me to purchase a loom and weaving equipment to continue the craft after college. I chose an 8-shaft LeClerc Artisat with back-hinge treadles, which is the same loom I weave the majority of my products on today.
In 2017, I started Lunadendron in the kitchen area of our tiny studio apartment in Old Louisville. I worked full-time and made time for my craft at night. "Lunadendron" means a flower that grows by the light of the moon. In 2018, we had a short stint homesteading in Lawrenceburg, KY which felt like its own little artist residency. I was able to explore the connection to nature in my own work and hone in on my personal aesthetic and language in weaving. We moved to Frankfort, KY in April 2018. In January 2020, I took on the role of owner at a local makers market where I was also able to open a small studio.
Bressler and I recently moved to Asheville, NC and we are very happy to now call this beautiful place home. My studio is located at Pink Dog Creative in the River Arts District, 344 Depot Street, suite 101. I'm there a few days a week and open by appointment, so please shout out if you're wanting to stop in and check out the weaving process!
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