Family Values Inspire Family Oriented Art and Classroom
Deanna Lynch grew up in many places. Relocation isn’t unknown to her but keeping close to her family has always been important. Lynch even has a beautiful embroidered D that has been on her wall between moves that her Grandmother actually embroidered for her.
At 11 years old Lynch’s family settled in North Carolina to be close to her grandparents. Lynch’s first vision of weaving was actually of her Grandfather, who was self-taught, weaving rag rugs. Her Grandfather would even let her borrow his looms. Working in fiber as a practice has never been unfamiliar to Lynch. Lynch’s mother and her mother’s mother both sewed. Her Grandmother was actually a quilter who made much work that Lynch is currently documenting as a family-oriented project.
She describes her weaving and sewing as a comfort as it is practicing the culture she was raised within. Weaving is a family-oriented practice, and being continuous in this tradition creates a very deep connection between Lynch and her family. This connection is existential even after someone has passed away. Lynch recalls her memories with multiple family members, especially with her grandmother, and states clearly how she is connected to her family through her craft.
This connection is existential even after someone has passed away. Lynch recalls her memories with multiple family members, especially with her grandmother, and states clearly how she is connected to her family through her craft.
Lynch states “…it’s about connecting to my personal history and to my family… it’s a part of who I am to work with fabric.
The love Lynch has for her fine art craft wasn’t how she began her career. Lynch started working as an accountant and always had a desire to have a creative outlet. Lynch began taking classes at Haywood Community College and graduated from HCC’s Professional Crafts Program in 2014 with a focus in Fiber Arts.
Lynch stated “When I went to start weaving at Haywood, and sat down at the loom for the first time…and I started weaving and thought this is it, this is where I need to be.” Lynch continued to express as to how special being at HCC was for her, as a beginner weaver. Lynch became quite accomplished since she started weaving as through her words it’s clear it is a practice that is close to her heart. Lynch since then has created quite the amount and sells functional art pieces as well as fabric by the yard. Lynch states she is happy making good cloth.
Lynch desires to make good cloth as well made cloth lasts over time and through generations. She desires for her work to become a story for a family. The idea of a mother using a woven dish towel from day to day and then passing that dish towel to a child creates a story within that woven piece that now has a family history. This is what makes Deanna Lynch’s Textiles so beautiful, they are truly made to be in the family and for a family.
Lynch is inspired by artists and works that stretch the grid of weaving such as Lenore Tawny and Nathalie Miebach. One of Tawny’s works is Cloud Garment, 1982. Cloud Garment is an installation piece that represents what one feels if wrapped up in a cloud, designed to bring comfort, solace, and a sense of ethereality into ones state of being. There is a sense of safety when one imagines themselves in the Cloud Garment. The idea of being comforted through textile art is mirrored between Tawny’s Cloud Garment and Lynch’s weaving practices.
Lynch is inspired by work that represents a happening or experience and especially data weaving. An example of data weaving is Nathalie Miebach’s sculptures that are inspired by real life hurricane. Please see video below to have an understanding of data weaving.
Lynch does not use her weaving to create sculptural work like Miebach or Tawny but rather works within the boundaries of traditional weaving and make works of use. Lynch refers back to her Grandmothers work and states “…her quilts, she never intended for any of them to be on the wall.”
From the beginning to the end of the conversation with Lynch it became clear that the most important aspect of her classes is that the people in the courses, however much they accomplish, the students in the class have a comfortable line of communication with Lynch as well as with each other. Lynch approaches her students with an open frame of mind and desires to know what they wish to learn and what direction they wish to work towards in their weaving.
The Rigid Heddle Class for instance is based on a portable weaving tool that is meant to be for those that are searching for an economical and portable way to weave to pursue their craft goals in any location. A perfect example of one who would be interested in the course is a full time or part time RV traveler! This course is perfect for those looking to weave and sit in the park in the beautiful blue ridge mountains.
An incredibly interesting course that Lynch offers, which is designed for weavers, is the Project & Planning Ideas course. This course is quite unique and certainly for weavers that may feel creatively clogged or have hit a crossroad in their work and are looking for guidance. The course is designed for those who need a starting off point and desire a finished product. Lynch is genuinely an instructor that desires to encourage students forward in their practice. The class is extremely unique as students use their own creations, or their own belongings, to begin their journey. Normally a course uses other artists outside of the class to inspire work but the Project & Planning Ideas course instills a sense of independency through using a student’s particular style and individuality in their work for inspiration.
Lynch is a nurturer. She nurtures students through listening to what they wish to do and what they wish to create and from that point Lynch instructs the course. I theorize this is how the Projects & Planning Ideas course began to take form. Lynch’s teaching style is what creates enables her classroom to be a family like community in her studio.
If you would like to learn more about Deanna Lynch’s courses and desire to become a weaver or just be part of a weaving family please visit our upcoming list of weaving classes. If you saw a product that you wish to learn more about from Deanna Lynch Textiles please visit Lynch’s website.