Deanna Deeds, creating handwovens with a twist...

Coming from an engineering background, I am fascinated by what yarn can do while making cloth. Currently I am combining ancient hand-manipulated techniques with complex loom-controlled structures to create textile art with a contemporary twist.  I am moved by the angle of light in early evening or autumn, and by the total immersion in the moment when making music or dancing. In weaving I observe movement through time and space that touches me similarly. My layered application of sprang with weaving forms an hourglass motif, a reminder to slow down, reflect and enjoy Creation.

Exhibitions and Awards

Handweavers Guild of America Convergence®, Ebb & Flow Yardage, 2014
    (1st Place Award & Virginia Harvey Award for Use of Color)
Handweavers Guild of America Convergence®, A Lively Experiment All-Media, 2014
    (Virginia Harvey Award for Design)
Complex Weavers, Complexity, 2014
Pikes Peak Handweavers, Firestorm, 2013
Northern Colorado Weavers Guild, Fiber Celebration, 2013
    (Honorable Mention & Jeanne Richards Memorial Award)
Escondido Arts Partnership Municipal Gallery, West Coast Fiber & Book Arts, 2012
    (3rd Place)
Handweavers Guild of America Convergence®, Longitude Yardage, 2012
    (2nd Place & Canadian Guild of Weavers Nell Steedsman Award)
Handweavers Guild of America Convergence®, Latitude All-Media, 2012
    (Complex Weavers Award).

Speaking/Teaching

The Unwoven Warp: Layering Sprang on Woven Cloth
    Southern California Handweavers Guild, 2016
    Santa Cruz Handweavers Guild, 2015
Introduction to Sprang Workshop:
    Desert Weavers and Spinners, 2015
    Southern California Handweavers’ Guild, 2013
    Bobbinwinders Guild, 2013
Doup Leno: Loom-controlled Gauze Weaves
    Southern California Handweavers’ Guild, 2015
Sprang: Contemporary Applications of an Ancient Technique
    Desert Weavers and Spinners, 2015
    Inland Empire Handweavers Guild, 2014
    South Coast Weavers and Spinners Guild, 2013
    Southern California Handweavers’ Guild, 2016, 2013
    Bobbinwinders Guild, 2013
Color Blending for Spinners
    Southern California Handweavers’ Guild, 2003

Work Featured in Publications

Handwoven, Technical Editor/Proofer
Handwoven articles, Jan/Feb 2015, Jan/Feb 2016, March/April 2016
Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot, 2013, 2015
Complex Weavers Journal, 2013, 2014
Guild of Canadian Weavers Journal, 2013
Vävmagasinet Scandinavian Weaving Magazine, 2013

Commission

Analysis, design and production of 60 yards casement fabric for historic private residence, Thousand Oaks, California.

Memberships

Handweavers Guild of America
Surface Design Association
Southern California Handweavers’ Guild
Complex Weavers
Designing Weavers