Fibrous | Austin Artist

Photographed by: Katie Jameson | Interview of: Ellen Bruxvoort of Fibrous

How did you get started?

When I moved to Austin in 2010, I was studying for a degree in graphic design and advertising because I thought that was my creative calling. But after three years of staring at computer screens, I decided to completely uproot that plan, drop out of college, and move to Hawaii to work on an organic produce farm. The experienced changed my life in all the best ways, but when I returned to Austin I felt in desperate need of a creative outlet (perhaps one a bit more analog than graphic design). In the midst of trying to find what that might be, I remember staring at a woven pillow on my bed and feeling a spark inside me, like maybe I could learn to weave? So I found a tutorial on YouTube and never looked back.

What influences you? / Where do you get your inspiration?

This question sometimes trips me because I believe that inspiration is so subjective and omnipresent that it can sometimes be hard to articulate to others. I'm often inspired by emotions - the thoughts we all experience the same but differently - and find that my most resonant work comes through when I hold space for deep feelings. This doesn't mean that all of my work is necessarily profound or existential, but in a sense, working with fiber has become a lens through which I view the world and I process a lot of emotion (both positive and negative) by making things. I often write about those experiences when I debut the finished piece, but as with most things, the relatability is open to interpretation.

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How do you balance your personal time + work? / How do you create separation?

I used to work from home and the line between personal time and work was so blurred I could hardly see it. But since moving into a new studio this summer, I've re-discovered the luxury of "going to work" and "coming home," both of which are beyond wonderful. I think it's important to recognize what time of the day you're most productive. I am ironically not a morning person or a night owl. I'm at my prime from around 12-8pm, so I work during those hours and try to bookend it with personal time. Obviously there are always things on my to-do list and that might mean working long hours at times, but for the most part I religiously stick to 3 things for daily self care: 
1. waking up without an alarm
2. not rushing through my morning coffee 
3. stretching

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What keeps you motivated?/ Why do you love doing this?

Honestly every month that I can pay my bills, feed my cat, save money, eat well, AND be my own boss is a *huge* motivator. It's like every single day I'm honestly bewildered that this is even possible and that alone makes me want to be better at it. I love the community and how we can protect and propel each other. I love the conversations and connections this work has provided. I love the daily challenges and problem solving. I love being human and people understanding that. I love feedback and resulting improvements. I also love how this work makes me feel- how it fills me with a sense of purpose and accomplishment while simultaneously mapping a trajectory. 

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Where do you see yourself in 2-5 years? / What’s next for your brand?

I could see myself partnering with a brand to release a line of exclusive goods to be sold in stores nationwide.