Shanna Robinson

My grandmother, my mother, my aunt and my older sister were/are all accomplished needlewomen. I learned to weave on a 4 - harness loom at age fourteen and I was intrigued. I continued my study of weaving through college and graduate school, exploring both on and off-loom methods.


As an artist who weaves I am most interested in weave structures that make objects. Double weave, tapestry and basketry methods are at the fore of my current exploration, with a little Theo Moorman method thrown in. I favor a broad range of materials and delight in mixing them together. I hope they will help me understand my place in the world, how I came to be in this place, and my relationship to the life around me.



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10.5” X 9.5”


Linen, cotton, wool, reclaimed inner tube




I began this tapestry shortly after losing a friend to Covid-19. The virus feels like a spiky, insidious, uncontrollable thing, the same way the emerald ash borer and beech bark disease and the wooly adelgid feel beyond our reckoning. It reminds me that all the beings on the planet are in peril. Acknowledging that shared peril reinforces my feeling of communion with all beings who live here. We are all kin. What affects one of us affects us all.


I started in the middle of this warp, made the first inner tube shape, locking it in place with soumak, then wove out from there. I worked on a frame loom so I could flip it upside down to get another perspective and to weave in a new direction. I wove intuitively, using eccentric weft and soumak to invoke the feeling I sought.

Rings and Whorls

5 X 7






Tree rings and fingerprints are specific identifying features. Each individual has a unique pattern to mark their place in and their passing through the planetary community.  The investigation of my place in the community of beings continues.


Woven on a Mirrix loom using straightforward tapestry methods.


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