Wisconsin weaver and fiber artist, Janice Zindel of Shuttle Works Studio, has been weaving for 34 years. Two particular interests are woven shibori dyed with indigo, and Scandinavian style textiles. Natural fibers are used in all her work – cotton, cottolin, linen, wool, and silk.
Janice uses a woven shibori technique where she weaves first and then dyes with indigo. Typically, 14-16 yard warps of fine threads are beamed onto the loom which are then threaded to a chosen threading and tie-up. Several ideas are explored on each warp to create unique, one-of-a-kind works which are then removed from the loom, and dyed with indigo. All aspects of her works are done by hand, from making the warps, dressing the loom, weaving, dyeing, and finishing.
Janice also enjoys creating functional works for the home with Scandinavian weave structures, woven in traditional or contemporary style.
As a handweaver, my goal is to convey a sense of simplicity and elegance in my work. Using natural fibers, each warp is an opportunity to explore the elements of color, design, structure, texture, and technique, from simple to complex.
Janice was featured on NewsWatch 12, with a video clip of her at work:
CONOVER – Jan Zindel spends her days weaving in her cabin near Conover. She’s been practicing her craft now for more than 30 years. The cabin in the woods doubles as her home and studio.
“I’ve got just the little lake out here,” said Zindel. “I’m next to some county land. It’s not like living in the city. You look out the window and there’s not other houses out there. The deer wander through the yard. The occasional bear will come up on the porch. I didn’t want to leave that yet, so I’ve stayed.”
Zindel gets her inspiration from books and other weavers, but a lot of her work stems from her Norwegian heritage.
“I got to Norway,” she says. “I have always wanted to go back and I haven’t, but it made such an impression on me, and I have such good memories of my Norwegian grandmother. So that triggers a lot of the interest in things Scandinavian.”
For Jan, it’s learning new things that keeps her interested in the fiber arts.
“It’s amazing what you learn or pick up in one area spills over into something else. I have ideas for things that I don’t even know if it’s possible to do them together. So I’ll learn more about this and I will try it.