If you have yet to discover Maryanne Moodie, prepare to be amazed (and addicted). Originally from Australia, Maryanne recently migrated to the states and is now permanently based in Brooklyn, New York - our home turf! We took a peek inside the loving home of Maryanne, where she took us on a journey of her favorite treasures.
Where are you from? Where do you reside?
I'm from Melbourne, Australia and I live in Brooklyn. I moved here last year with my husband, Aaron and baby boy, Murray.
What's your favorite thing about your hometown?
Melbourne is chock full of all my favorite people, of course, but it is also a super creative city. There is a rich and fulfilling community of people doing all manners of art related jobs and projects. People are really interested in collaborating and it feels like there is always something to do, see or be involved in with, if that is what you are looking for. And that is always what I am looking for.
What was your first job?
I first worked in a jean shop in the city. I was only 14, and I traveled on weekends to be a sales assistant. I think they paid me $4.50/ hour.
When and how did you learn to weave?
I started to teach my self to weave a few years ago. It is a long process, and I am still learning new skills every time I make a new piece. I don't know if you ever really know everything. Sometimes I feel like I invent new stitches or ways of doing things and then I come across it in a vintage weaving book and realize the kill is centuries old . . . go figure!
What do you love most about weaving?
It is like coloring in with yarn, except that the coloring can come at you and come off the page. It feels free and wild. Anything is possible. I love that.
What are your biggest influences?
I love looking at art books and going to galleries. I also love textile artists who use color like Nick Cave and Ted Sabarse. I love the crazy traditional and native fancy dress costumes caught on film by Phyllis Galembo.
What are your favorite materials to work with?
I love the texture of really loosely spun, single-ply yarn as well as the incredible metallic sheen of Pima Cotton.
If you weren't an artist, what would you be?
A Mum, of course. But I am the type of person who can never sit still. I've always had two or three jobs on the go. I really enjoy being busy. I also really like filling out forms and putting things in their place. Coming from a family of 6 kids taught me the importance of having a place for things. I never knew where the bloody scissors were as a child. I would like a job where I got to fill out forms and put things away and go to the park a lot. So maybe being a Mum really is my dream job!
What are some of your favorite purchases in your home?
When we left Melbourne, we sold much of our furniture, plants and belongings. It has been cathartic to let things go and then buy new things to celebrate our new life in NYC. My favorite purchases here are probably my Secret Holiday Co. "YES" banner, my Small Spells planters, and my Boucherite rugs.
The first collection of weavings for Straw and Gold are available here