A familiar face inside these walls for years, artist and all-around creative powerhouse Jorie Garcia has been an integral part in shaping and growing Schoolhouse into the brand it is today. With us since nearly the beginning, these days she puts her razor sharp design eye and artistic soul to use as our Creative Brand Manager; conceptualizing collections and directing our catalog shoots. In addition to her work at Schoolhouse, she just so happens to create stunning large-scale artisan weavings in her home studio. This season, we’re excited to announce our very own Jorie Garcia is joining Schoolhouse Art Studio as our first-ever textile artist.
For her series, Jorie has created four original wall hangings, each painstakingly woven out of salvaged denim. Read our interview below to learn about her love of craft weaving, how to pick the right wall hanging and her own personal design philosophy.
Tell us about your relationship with weaving. Who introduced you to the craft and what about the art caught your eye?
“I grew up with two creative and inventive parents who were motivated by self-teaching and instilled a desire to keep learning new skills. While studying architecture in school I used my spare time to chase creative endeavors. I began with sewing and noticed I was more inspired by the construction of the material than the process of sewing. The structure, rules and results of woven material really pulled at my heartstrings. I started on a rickety frame loom that I made out of 2x4's and slowly evolved onto more advanced looms.”
What does your creative process look like from start to finish?
“I have two different styles of weaving and each process varies depending on what feels more fitting at the moment. Working in pattern (classic fabric structures such as herringbone or twill) is the first process and is usually worked in a smaller scale. This process tends to be more meditative. I could honestly sit in silence and be content."
"Weaving in the abstract starts out a little differently. I begin with sketching compositions. Although the process starts in an unrestricted manner, it quickly evolves to a mapped plan that I follow to a T. Luckily I have two looms going at once and each is dedicated to the respective style.”
Are they any rituals or routines you follow while creating?
“Starting with a clean studio. Each phase from setting up the loom to weaving creates its own chaos so its important for me to refocus before I move onto the next step.”
Where do you go when you’re craving inspiration?
“Books, books, books... from traditional art and weaving techniques or weaving in the bauhaus period to books on painting and photography. But if I need a break to refocus, a camping trip or a walk with my dog is a cure-all.”
You’ve taught weaving classes in the past – what’s the one thing you hope your students take away from your weaving workshops?
“To keep wanting to learn new processes and crafts, fueling a creative spark and an active imagination.”
Vintage flat weave textiles have come back in style lately. Any advice for someone trying to choose the right woven wall hanging for a space?
“Start by thinking about color and scale. Do you want cool calming colors, neutrals or a bold pop to draw attention? How much of your wall do you want covered? My number one suggestion would be to choose items that connect with you. If you are genuine to yourself, it will work. Keep your eyes peeled.”
What role does art and design play in your own home? Tell us about your decor style.
“Considered Accumulation. Surrounding myself with family heirlooms and tokens from travel or adventures. I don't get too hung up on trends or fads, but for me personally I need to connect with the piece. Sometimes I don't even know why but I have a gut connection with an object. I always gravitate towards items with slight imperfections. They are a huge bonus because they really call to mind the handmade.”
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Photography by Cat Carty Bushwell