Thursday, May 1, 2008
SPRING IS HERE & IT'S TIME TO SHEAR, SPIN AND KNIT RABBIT FUR IN HARLEM WITH, THE ONE AND ONLY, FIBER ARTIST TWAIN REVELL
Fiber Artist Twain Revell is the only African American Fiber Artist that I know of that works with her fiber from start to finish.
I mean... Twain... “The Rabbit Lady”... (as the children Uptown refer to her)... is the only African American Fiber Artist that I know, that is raising her own live stock in her apartment in Harlem… Then, she combs and collects their fur, spins it, on one of her many spinning wheels or on a hand held drop spindle, knits and/or crochets it.
In the photo’s above you can see Twain with one of her rabbit, collecting fur to spin on her spinning wheel, The sweater that she is wearing in the photo, is made from fur that she spun from one of her rabbits.
She designed and knitted this sweater and the baby booties that she is holding in the last image.
Twain is a real talker, and she is very well informed about her fibers and the art of spinning. Like I said before, I don’t know anyone that does what Twain Revell does.
You can read more about Twain Revell is a wonderful article written by The Founder & Executive Director of Harlem Needle Arts Inc. Michelle Bishop in SPIN-OFF MAGAZINE, The summer issue 2007, pages 34-36 www.spinoffmagazine.com
Check out more of Twain Revell's Fiber Works on her website: http://www.twainstwines.com/