I met Ann Roantree when I toured the Bok Building back in October. One of the first things Ann told me about herself was that her father was a master quilter. This certainly must have inspired her love of textiles. She showed me a lovely black and white modernist quilt her father made toward the end of his life. She keeps it in her studio as a memento.
With a background in art and graphic design, Ann started weaving about 15 years ago when she took a class and was hooked immediately. But textiles were already in her blood; her father and grandfather were versed in needle arts and made everything for the family. Ann learned how to knit and sew early on.
Today, she designs and weaves one-of-a-kind and limited edition rugs, runners, wall hangings, and textiles. Ann has exhibited at the Philadelphia Craft Show and area galleries. Her spacious and airy studio holds three looms crafted of hardwood maple, supplies, and a showroom area with examples of her work. Like so many of the artists I met during my visit to Bok, Ann jumped at the chance to rent a Bok studio because of Bok’s amenities and management, and because Bok is walking distance from her house. I loved wandering around her colorful studio, Enjoy the pictures.
To learn more about Ann and her work, visit her website, www.roantreeweaves.com, and follow her on Instagram.
This reminds me so much of when I had a weaving studio (1978-1986) in Cedarburg, WI. I loved being surrounded by my looms and walls filled with yarn. It was a delight to drive daily from my home 25 miles away to spend hours weaving, knitting, and playing with yarn!