This article is from the BARN News Archives, and was originally published in January 2015.
Jason Devinney is a master weaver. And not just of fabric. His expertise, enthusiasm, and extensive knowledge of looms and how to fix them are helping to weave a community of fiber artists at BARN. Earlier this week he put the finishing touches on his latest creation (shown at left and below) and talked about how he learned his craft.
“I’ve always loved weaving – I started as a child by making potholders with a board and nails,” he explained. “When I got out of the Navy in the ’60’s I took fiber arts classes on the GI Bill.”
Today, when he’s not working at Metro Market Cafe and Catering (of which he’s co-owner), Jason spends much of his time at a loom. In his home studio he creates intricate rugs that can take a year or more to complete. At BARN he works on smaller projects, teaches, and helps keep BARN’s collection of donated looms in top working order.
Those looms will soon be put to work at BARN’s first Weaving for Beginners class. Jason will be assisting Instructor Deb Sweet in teaching students how to warp a loom, weave using a pattern, and feel comfortable about the language and craft of weaving. Students will be able to take home one of the BARN’s table looms to work on their projects between classes. This class is almost full – Jason said there would be additional entry-level classes added to the schedule soon.
More experienced weavers can also benefit from the BARN community. Any BARN member can reserve one of the BARN’s large floor looms for an entire month, at no charge.
Jason says he’s often asked about the benefits of a membership to BARN. “Even though I have my own studio and looms, BARN gives me the opportunity to share with other fiber artists. It’s a chance to explore different ideas and methods, which is essential for growth. We also have the chance to cross-pollinate with different craft disciplines.”