Hetty Friedman's Profile

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Brooklyn-born Hetty fell in love with weaving at a Connecticut arts camp at age 13 and has never looked back. Weaving has been a part of her life through an MFA, MBA and a 30-year management career in the garment industry. Her newest project, run under her label Hetty Friedman Designs which was previously named Crafts for cause, puts her in partnership with a Fair Trade Weaver’s Cooperative in Solola, Guatemala, where she travels several times per year to provide design direction and business support.

Friedman weaves on a 36” 4 harness Le Clerc loom, which dominates the 3rd floor studio in her 1860 Mansard Victorian home in Newton, Massachusetts. Her work is inspired by Joseph and Annie Albers, Matisse, Picasso and Guatemalan indigenous weavers. She often hand paints her yarns and combines strong and unusual color combinations that result in unique shadings and patterns. Tactile yarns like rayon, bam…

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  • Joined December 8, 2009

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Rayon, Tencel, Bamboo, Chenille

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Hetty Friedman Designs

About

Brooklyn-born Hetty fell in love with weaving at a Connecticut arts camp at age 13 and has never looked back. Weaving has been a part of her life through an MFA, MBA and a 30-year management career in the garment industry. Her newest project, run under her label Hetty Friedman Designs which was previously named Crafts for cause, puts her in partnership with a Fair Trade Weaver’s Cooperative in Solola, Guatemala, where she travels several times per year to provide design direction and business support.

Friedman weaves on a 36” 4 harness Le Clerc loom, which dominates the 3rd floor studio in her 1860 Mansard Victorian home in Newton, Massachusetts. Her work is inspired by Joseph and Annie Albers, Matisse, Picasso and Guatemalan indigenous weavers. She often hand paints her yarns and combines strong and unusual color combinations that result in unique shadings and patterns. Tactile yarns like rayon, bamboo, tencel, and cotton create a silky hand, and many are enhanced with the beautiful texture of ribbons, slubs and boucle.

Friedman's work has been featured in The Boston Globe, Henri Bendel, numerous juried shows, boutiques and galleries. Crafts for a Cause blends her love of hand woven textiles, travel and her business savvy and inspires her to dedicate herself to working with a180-woman weaver’s cooperative in the western highlands of Guatemala. She is teaching the back strap weavers new techniques, designing and creating collaborations to enable them to grow a viable business. Her frequent trips there also allow her to lead weaving groups and other U.S. tourists interested in experiencing the Mayan way of life today.

You are welcome to join her for a studio visit.
Contact her at:
(617)-512-5344
Hetty.Friedman [!at] gmail.com
www.hettyfriedmandesigns.com

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