Nancy Giesberger (Round Pond, ME) has been a weaver and textile artist for over 50 years. Driven by a deep curiosity about the structure of textiles and love for the loom, Giesberger has been on the textile faculty at Rhode Island School of Design, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and Banff. In addition to teaching, she has had long career as a jacquard designer, working with mills and furniture manufacturers around the world. Her fiber works have been exhibited and collected nationally and internationally, and are included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Stedeljk Museum (Amsterdam), and the Cooper Hewitt Museum.
“Textiles have been my entire life. I am a very strong believer in the importance of being a maker and sharing my knowledge in ways that support and empower craftspeople.” – Nancy Giesberger
Nina Ruit (Bristol, ME) recently retired from a career of more than 30 years as a teacher and librarian. She began weaving on a borrowed loom in the late 1970s, and has raised sheep in Maine for the past 15 years to support and enhance her spinning and dyeing work. The apprenticeship will enable Ruit to immerse herself in the weaving arts.
“I believe the apprenticeship will be the crucial factor in my development as a weaver of useful as well as artistic objects.” – Nina Ruit