#jazztheweaver September 22, 2019 21:14 1 Comment
Rod and I are delighted to introduce you to our trainee weaver, Jazz. She joined our McLean & Co. team a few months ago, coming to us with no weaving skills but lots of energy and a desire to learn. Instead of me thinking of lots to write about I just thought of a few questions to ask her, then interviewed her!
S: So Jazz, what made you think you might like to work with McLean & Co?
J: I thought it would be something different, a challenge, and I wanted to try something that would bring out my creativity. Also I enjoy being with you guys, it's like working with family.
S: Has not having a background in textiles or weaving been an issue?
J: No because I've got a good teacher! It's been a bit tricky learning about the different types of wool when it comes to tex and spin and things like that.
S: What have been the highlights of your time working with Rod so far?
J: Finishing a 90 m warp of my own fabric and then having some of it sold!
S: Describe for us the challenges you have faced.
J: Basically my own mind frame of not getting frustrated when things don't go right. I still feel like I'm wasting a day when I'm weaving faults even though I know being frustrated is not going to help. I've got to learn that that's part of making the fabric. If I don't make mistakes I'm not going to learn from them.
S: How does it feel to have your own hashtag, and to be developing a following as a weaver on Instagram?
J: It's actually pretty neat. I've had a few people start following me on Instagram. It's good because it makes me want to start promoting the product and what we are doing through Instagram.
S: How do you feel now that you have been weaving for a few months?
J: I definitely feel a lot more confident being on the loom and fixing problems and not having to call on Rod so often. I only do that when I'm really unsure. I still take the time to think the process through because fear of making a mistake is still in the back of my mind.
S: Describe for us some of your goals for the next couple of years.
J: OK. Being able to put a full warp on without help. Being able to understand the mechanics of the looms better so I can fix the problems myself. Make as much fabric as possible with the yarn we have. Learn to sew more.
S: What would you say to someone thinking about a random career change, especially into something that is not the norm?
J: Well, what I did was not the norm but I took the risk. You have to take the risk to figure out if you're good or bad at something. Now I realise that I'm actually good at something that I didn't know anything about at the beginning.
S: Anything else you would like to add?
J: I'm really enjoying my job. I like the fact that I wake up every morning and I want to go to work. I like that I make fabric and it comes out like I want it to. I'm really looking forward to trialing different colours and patterns in the near future to see what I can create. I'm really happy, I love my job and it helps that I have bosses who know how to teach me in a way I can understand.
S: Thanks Jazz - we enjoy having you work with us - it's fabulous watching your skills and confidence develop. I am really looking forward to working with you to develop some new textile designs for next winter!
Have a look on our website at Meon pink scarves - they are the first of the 90m of Meon pink to be online. We will have lengths of Meon fabric for sale online within the next month for you to purchase by the metre.