Artist Spotlight: A tapestry of experience

The artist studio at Arlington Weaves, Etc. is remarkable all on its own. Walk into the shop and find scarves, tote bags, yoga mat straps, and small zip bags typically the domain of the mainstream artisan world. Look further and you’ll learn about the program from the Department of Human Services and run by Service Source that speaks volumes about how Arlington strives to be a place for all members of its community and all types of business models.

The complex process of hand weaving on multi pedal looms isn’t something most people would think of as a natural skill for adults with intellectual disabilities. In view of the studio shop, the participants in Arlington Weaves, Etc. are trained, skilled and adept at creating beautiful textiles that are sold in the studio, at pop-ups of the Made in Arlington initiative and at the Plaza Library Shop in Courthouse.

One weaver, Weston Koehne, is being honored for his work as an accomplished textile artist with an installation and dedication of a tapestry. Weston ‘Wes’ has honed his skills as a weaver, knitter and tapestry artist for over 30 years, creating intricate and layered works of art. Wes draws much of his inspiration from experiences in the community that lend themselves to his bold and balanced weave structures and color combinations. And once you see his work, you’ll know that his experiences have served him well.

DATE: To be announced

Studio and Shop Location:
2110 Washington Blvd., 3rd floor
Arlington, VA 22204

Studio and shop are open Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 4:00 pm


Topic: Creative Economy
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