There’s something undeniably comfy about textile art, especially when it comes in the form of an intricate wall hanging. Meghan Shimek’s large scale woven wall hangings reveal the beauty and comfort that lies within. Based in Oakland, California, Shimek’s journey into weaving was a meandering one, having studied history and nutrition before finding her true calling.
Studying tapestry and Navajo weaving, rigid heddle, and floor loom weaving, has helped her develop her own signature style over, adding a contemporary spin to the ancient craft.
“Weaving has definitely become my life’s work,” Shimek shared in an interview with The Project for Women. “I started weaving in February 2013 when I was visiting my family in Michigan. I took a scarf weaving class and was completely hooked. Ever since I have been taking as many weaving classes as I can and reading books and trying out different techniques.”
“I wasn’t an artist before I started weaving and honestly felt pretty intimidated to jump in,” she admits. But according to her, the weaving community has been amazingly accepting. “All these wonderful people sharing their work and explaining techniques, it really resonates with me,” she says.
Her woven wall hangings are just what our living room is missing.