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Fancy Weaving in the 21st Century
May 13 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Learn about Justin Squizzero’s handweaving on Jacquard equipment, how the loom works, & the process of recreating a coverlet woven in 1830.
Fancy Weaving in the 21st Century. May 13, 7 PM. Join the McCarl Gallery as we present Justin Squizzero, a handweaver who challenges modern definitions of progress by creating functional textiles that celebrate the natural world and the dignity of human labor. Echoing a time when utilitarian objects were entirely handcrafted, his work connects material, maker, and user across time and place. Squizzero’s venture, The Burroughs Garret, draws on the textile traditions of his northern Vermont home, marrying natural dyes and fibers with a reserved aesthetic rooted in early New England. Produced on his 19th-century farm using 200-year-old handlooms, Squizzero’s textiles examine the role of handcraft in a post-industrial society, questioning the human experience in a digital age. Justin will talk about his journey to hand weaving along with the details of the history of his Jacquard equipment, how the loom works, and the entire process of recreating a coverlet woven in 1830.
Justin and his husband Andrew live on the Burroughs-Hebb-McClintock farm where they raise Border Leicester sheep, Berkshire hogs, heirloom poultry, tend a quarter-acre kitchen garden and work to breathe new life into an old corner of Newbury, Vermont.