Lynn Pownell is a weaver born in Weesaw Township, Michigan and educated in Bridgman, Michigan and St. Paul, Minnesota. Much of Pownell’s weaving education took place at the Weaver’s Guild of Minnesota, one of the largest educational organizations of its kind in the country. Lynn uses recycled textiles, textile mill ends, and loom waste to create colorful and playful rugs, wall pieces, and fiber sculpture. Her design inspiration comes from her surroundings, everyday objects, and the stacks of fabric on her studio shelves. Lynn relocated to Glencoe Mill Village in Alamance County in 2005 and weaves from her studio located at Glencoe Studios in the village. She enjoys involving the public in weaving endeavors and in 2008 was the recipient of a NC Regional Artists Hub Grant to plan and execute a community weaving project. In 2011 she was curator for a six person weaving exhibit, including her own work, at the Alamance Arts Council. Lynn has demonstrated weaving techniques and led projects in a variety of schools, assisted living facilities and at public historic sites. She is active in the Alamance Artisans Guild and the Triangle Weaver’s Guild of Chapel Hill.
Creating woven goods from materials that might otherwise go unused is my special interest. I use recycled fiber, textile mill ends, loom waste, and a variety of yarns to create rugs, pillows, and textile art. Through the bold use of color and texture my woven creations make strong visual statements in functional and decorative items used in daily life. I enjoy working from my studio at Glencoe Mill Village, a restored 1880′s textile mill village. Surrounded by nature, and inspired by thoughts of the many women who lived and worked at Glencoe, I listen to the rhythm of the shuttle and sound of the beater as they create their own kind of music. There is no better place to carry on the traditional craft of handweaving.