Emelie Weber Wade

I am a weaver and fiber artist working primarily in complex twills on 4 and 8-shaft looms to create one-of-a-kind garments and accessories. My work is inspired by the colors and textures of plants, trees, and insects and pays homage to traditional Appalachian weaving. I design my own weaving patterns, weave the fabric, then finish each piece by hand, or on a sewing machine using self-drafted patterns.

I primarily weave with Tencel, a cellulosic fiber produced from sustainably sourced wood pulp known for its soft feel, beautiful drape, and silky sheen. Although much of my work is woven with 100% Tencel, I also weave with other biodegradable plant and protein fibers to bring texture, depth, and symbolism to my handwoven textiles. Every thread that touches my loom is a result of photosynthesis.

My work aims to form a narrative connection between myself, the environment, and the greater history of weaving in Appalachia. Using centuries old, time-tested production weaving techniques combined with eco-friendly fibers in vibrant colorways, I create modern textiles for the old soul to wear.

Emelie Weber Wade is best-known for her prolific collection of handwoven wearable art, hallmarked by complex twill structures and vibrant striping patterns. Wade has been weaving since 2012 and learned the craft at Berea College, where she worked as an apprentice weaver and studied studio art with a concentration in fibers. In 2014, Wade received the Sarah Fuller Smith Loom Award, which allowed her to purchase a loom and equipment to continue weaving after college. From there, Wade developed a woven language inspired by the colors and textures of plants, trees, and insects. Wade’s weaving studio is open to the public and located at Pink Dog Creative in Asheville’s River Arts District. Wade is a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.