Maryanne Moodie (40) lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and two sons and is a weaver and a teacher. We asked her about her working habits and inspirations.
Do have typical working habits?
“I have two boys so I need to be super structured with my time. I have three full days to dedicate to my weaving practice. I try to stay completely focused when I am in the studio. There is a timelessness at the loom where you just get lost in thoughts and feelings. I usually turn off all notifications so that I can really tune into the emotions of a piece.”
When did you start weaving and teaching?
“When I was pregnant, I started to slow down. I thought a lot about appreciating the small things and figuring out how to make life simpler. I had a loom at home, but it wasn’t until my son was born that I got it out and started creating. I suddenly had time to sit and relax while he slept, and weaving seemed like the perfect thing to pick up.”
What drives you?
“I am really passionate about weaving. It is like art therapy to me. I find such stillness in the repetitive motions. If I can share this age-old craft and help just one person to find the joy and stillness it brings, then it’s all worth it.”
What are your little pleasures in life?
“I do yoga three times a week and walk a lot every day. Moving my body allows me to be more still when I weave. Furthermore, I love reading to my boys at bedtime, with a cuddle, catching up with my husband over a glass of wine each evening, and watching live music.”
- Find out more about the work and passions of other creatives in Issue 25.
- Maryanne is also our guest pinner for the month of July, you can find her pins here.
Text Jeanette Jonker Photography Maryanne Moodie