W. John Jameson III

September 14, 2011 § 1 Comment

While our fearless leader Nadine Curtis was showing at the New York Gift Show, she met an interesting guy in a booth near her own.

W. John Jameson III lives in New York City and has been crafty all of his life. A weaver who works under his Twisted Textile name, his work will catch any textile fan’s eye. This article in Woman Around Town recently ran:

A Weaver of Wearable Art

by Alix Cohen

W. John Jameson III was first attracted to textiles at summer camp in his pre-teens when macramé was big. Remember macramé? Commissions for plant holders earned extra candy and ice cream. Jameson had been drawn to the arts from early childhood. Choate Rosemary Hall (boarding school) in Wallingford, Connecticut, believed in complete exposure. In a Paul Mellon funded I.M. Pei building, he studied drawing, painting, sculpture, and ceramics. When his weaving teacher, Jane Gustin, showed him “the beauty in textiles,” the boy felt an immediate affinity. He liked the idea of wearable art.

“Seeing the possibilities in yarn is a fun design challenge. What can I mix with this? How is it going to finish? Who will wear the piece and how?”

Jameson came from a family of doctors. Though his parents encouraged creativity, they were also extremely pragmatic. He made a deal with his mother: if he secured a B.S. (in Mass Communications at Boston University), then he could go on to F.I.T. and earn a fashion degree. A special one year accelerated graduate program in Fashion and Textiles followed.

From receptionist at a fashion company, he was offered a job as design assistant at Stillwater, a mill weaving uniform fabrics. In 4 years, Jameson advanced to Creative Director. His heart was not in it. 1999 found him establishing Twisted Textiles, based in Carnegie Hill, New York City. The closet entrepreneur blossomed.

Jameson started with yarns from all over the world, with a preference for Italy. He’s recently discovered Be Sweet, from South Africa and Knit Collage out of India. “My new favorite type of yarn is artspun handspun. Knowing that one person was involved from the sheep to finished skein is great. There’s a spirit to the product I love to pass on into my scarf.”

Influences such as Randall Darwell, Sheila Hicks, Lenore Tawney and Jack Lenor Larsen, have been distilled to create Jameson’s own, original take on wearable art. With unexpected sparkle (metallics,) decorative ribbon and felt ornamentation, scarves from Twisted Textiles achieve an originality rarely found.

In addition to his scarves, Jameson has produced commissioned wall hangings shown at Gallery VIII in Manchester, Vermont. His iconoclastic artisanship has been seen at the prestigious Philadelphia Museum of Arts Craft Show as well as the American Craft Council Shows in Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, Chicago, St. Paul, and San Francisco.

The one of a kind scarves shown can be found at Lucy Fine Gifts and range from $175.00 to $300.00.

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W. John Jameson III will be using some of our fabulous Be Sweet yarns in his next creations. To see more of his work, check out his site here. We can’t wait to see what he comes up with!

 

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