Friday, December 3, 2010
SNO-CRUSH: Carole Austin
Gardening is what Carole spends most of her creative time doing. She weaves in the off season. She has beautiful, productive gardens, full of flowers and vegetables, and makes great use of the food she grows. She is a sublime cook.
Her weaving adventures began when she followed an ad to the home of a blind weaver in Milwaukee to buy a beautiful, large Glimakra loom. They had to disassemble it and carry it up a tiny, basement staircase, load it, and then she drove with it back across the state.
She has had remarkable adventures featuring bats. And a rat.
When she weaves, it is beautiful. On display here are samples of her recent doubleweaves, and a beautiful krokbragd cotton rag rug that I have long admired. She is a perfectionist and rarely satisfied with her work. I always hope for an early frost, so she'll get back to the loom. She lives on an old orchard farm with her husband and daughter. Two sons are recently out on their own.
Disclaimer: the above written description of Carole Austin is based solely on my own possibly inaccurate opinions and observations