About the Artist

"My goals are to combine natural yarns and traditional weave structures to highlight form and function in classic fabrics for unique hand towels, table linens, scarves, blankets and rugs. I believe that art can be expressed in well-crafted everyday items, no matter how utilitarian. The materials and processes involved in making objects are just as important as the finished pieces. Many techniques have evolved through the history and traditions of each craft. I practice these foundations in my development as a weaver of fine textiles." - ACL
Beginning with an interest in fibers and handspinning as a young child, my skills expanded over the years to include weaving. My long-standing interest in textiles, their production, and social history has led from working in the museum field doing hands-on demonstrations at several Shaker museums in New England to academic research on historical and technical aspects of ethnographic textiles and design. In 1993, I graduated with a Masters in Science in Textiles and Related Art from the University of Rhode Island. Several years ago, I followed my dream and became a full-time weaver.

People often ask what has drawn me to my craft.  I enjoy the order and meticulous nature of weaving.  It also involves me very much in the moment as I cannot skip ahead, but must work one thread at a time and one row at a time to build the fabric.   The process is methodical, but never stagnant, as the fibers each have their own character and the patterns develop as I go along.  The process is also repetitive, but needs constant attention to create even tension and consistency.  Some people think it takes a lot of patience, but I don't think about it because I enjoy the time I spend focussed on the details.  Every piece I work on makes me think of many more combinations to work on.  I feel I am continually learning with each project and building upon my skills.

My work appeared in Early American Life Magazine's Annual Directory of Traditional American Crafts for several years and is included in The White House Collections in Washington, D.C. Currently, I make and sell my work at my studio and gallery in Tiverton, RI and participate in occasional craft shows throughout the year.

Suggested Readings:
  • A Way of Working: The Spiritual Dimension of Craft Edited by D.M. Dooling
  • The Work of Craft: An Inquiry into the Nature of Crafts and Craftsmanship by Carla Needleman
  • The Art Spirit by Robert Henri
  • Art as Experience by John Dewey
  • The Art of Happiness at Work by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, M.D.

Amy C. Lund Handweaver, Studio & Gallery
3964 Main Road Tiverton, RI 02878 401-816-0000

Regular Hours: Wed-Sun 10-5, weather permitting