What's their story? Meet Kinfolk Fibre
For our first artist feature here at Maude + Montgomery, we are so excited to introduce you to Holly McGee - the talented and lovely fibre artist behind the brand Kinfolk Fibre. Holly lives in Prince Edward Island, on the east coast of Canada. You can find Holly's work here and here. Her work is also featured in the Relaxation Box. Enjoy!
Tell us about what you do. What is your craft?
I am a textile and fibre artist from Prince Edward Island, Canada. I create felted wool sculptures, hand-woven pieces and work primarily with plant based natural dyes.
When did you know you wanted to work as a fibre artist?
When I first started visiting the weavers guild in my community. I began by learning to wind warps and to thread looms - every step of creating a warp to weave fascinated me. The amount of time, design, patience and creation given to these fibres to create a piece of cloth brought with it a sense of meditation for me. I've started to find more of that feeling in a lot of the practices that I've since learned, and now incorporate in my work as it continues to change and grow.
What is inspiring to you?
I live on a small island that constantly leaves me in awe and with more gratitude than I had arrived with. Whether it's the expansive and infinite call of the ocean or the still and rooted space of the forest - Nature will always be my greatest form of inspiration.
What do you love most about working with textiles?
Producing a tactile object can really entice people to to want to touch or hold a piece - I really love that instinct - I think that touch incorporates more life into the fibre and into my work.
What projects or endeavours are you excited about right now? What are you working on?
As our island becomes lush and abundant with wildflowers - I've been experimenting more, using them to create local plant dyes for future collaborations with the remarkable founders at Maude + Montgomery. As well, I am in the beginning stages of something I'm incredibly excited to explore more of in the coming months - that I hope to soon share.
What goals do you have for your art in the future?
The greatest goal I've set for myself at the moment is to begin the work towards having a solo gallery installation. In the meantime, I am grateful to live in a space that allows me to continue to learn and to continue to create everyday.