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August 14, 2019

I have been writing about design for quite some time now.  Good design is still important.  The elements and principles of design will help you in your weaving. However, every now and again, you may hit a creative slump.  The elements and principles seem more like obst...

July 12, 2019

I am back from teaching at MAFA (Mid-Atlantic Fiber Association) conference in Millersville, PA. What a great time!  First of all, a shout out to my wonderful students.  I had a class of 16 enthusiastic weaver/designers.

It was great to work in perso...

June 13, 2019

I am currently putting the finishing touches on my design exercises for my workshop at MAFA (Mid-Atlantic Fiber Association) at the end of this month.  As those of you who have been following my blog know, I teach design and I write about design.  I guess you’d say I w...

January 31, 2019

For all my blog post followers, you now have a chance to learn from me in person!

I am scheduled to make live appearances on the East and West Coasts this summer, teaching two different classes in two different venues:  Mid-Atlantic Fiber Association (MAFA) and The Grun...

January 1, 2019

It’s that time of the year. Time when we reflect on the past year, plan for the new year, and make resolutions.  Many of us resolve to live a simpler life, to cut out bad habits and install a few good ones.  This is much like the process of editing needed in design....

October 4, 2018

I have been thinking, one thing that may help you all in the design process is to follow my thoughts and processes from start to finish.  

I have been thinking of designing a scarf, because that is what may people weave.  It gives you a lot of freedom and choices i...

August 13, 2018

As part of my BFA in studio art, I took a ceramics class.  On the first day the professor asked us to make a cup/vase/container. We all did and some of us were quite happy with the results.  Then he told us to throw them in the scrap bucket.  We all hesitated.  His rep...

June 21, 2018

 One of the scarves from Fort Wayne Weavers Guild, Guild Challenge 2018 on color and weave.

Recently I had a chance to visit the Weavers Guild of the North Shore, who meet in Evanston, Illinois. The evening before I was with my weaver’s guild in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Th...

May 23, 2018

The last in a series of double weave pick-up images, in progress. 

I remember as a child, summer lasted forever, or at least it seemed to.  I also remember being bored.  I think, wistfully of those days now as I don’t remember the last time I was bored....

May 2, 2018

Tien Chiu's Autumn Splendor Coat. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Sara Nordling (SN):  Who are you?

Tien Chiu (TC):  I’m a textile artist, a writer, and a recanted mathematician.

Well, actually, I didn’t quite recant. The last few years I’ve been focusing on...

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