While Rose Poe began weaving in earnest in 1986, she says her first memory of weaving occurred at age 10 on a trip to an Arizona Reservation where she fell in love with the beautiful woven Navajo rugs.
Following the trip, her father constructed a small-frame loom for her, which marked the beginning of Rose’s journey to becoming an exceptional artist making functional hand-woven pieces on floor looms today.
“I have always had an interest in antique overshot coverlet designs and how they are constructed,” she says. “When I visited some weaving shops and saw the beautiful looms, I decided to try it. I wanted to make some of those beautiful coverlets.”
Rose uses authentic colonial patterns for her overshot pieces, and while she uses fibers as close as possible to those in original coverlets, her pieces also are practical for modern living.
One of many Indiana Artisans whose mastery is the result of years of practice, Rose has no formal art education.
“When I began weaving, I took four days of classes to learn the basics and how to warp the loom,” she says. “Other than that, I am self-taught. Twenty eight years of practice, trial and error.”
Rose finds inspiration in photographs of old woven coverlets from colonial times, and she visits historical locations to see coverlets and other woven fabric in person.
“I take pride in carrying on the tradition of Indiana weavers of the 1800s,” she says. “I’m particularly inspired by the people who love my work and send it all over the world as gifts. It means a lot to me personally when they share their stories about the enjoyment it brings them. It makes me want to do more.”
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