ARTISTS' COOPERATIVE GALLERY OF WESTERLY
Nancy Moye is a self taught handweaver who studied with some of the leading contemporary weavers including Randall Darwall, Peter Collingwood, and Virginia West. Nancy also worked as a production weaver for Loominus Handwovens when she first started her career.
Nancy’s work is visually complex as she favors intricate pattern, vibrant color, and rich texture. Utilizing fibers that lend themselves to complex design include hand dyed rayon chenille, alpaca, silk, Tencel, and cashmere. Nancy works with a local hand dyer to create custom, limited run colorways. Nancy has been practicing fine handwork since she was a child, including costume design/dressmaking, knitting, crochet, embroidery, beading, and handweaving. Nancy may use one or all of these genres to produce one of a kind wearable pieces.
Her handwork created over the past 30 years encompasses influences from 19th century costume design, architecture, painting, as well as nature. She can see a pattern or colorwork design used in a stained glass window in Newport that can be recreated in a one of a kind wearable fashion or home accessory and incorporate various techniques including supplemental warp design, embroidery, beadwork, and knitted/crocheted trims into her pieces. Nancy appreciates the fine detail used in haute couture and tries to instill that sense of style in her own wearable pieces.
She wants the wearer to feel the luxurious nature of the fiber used in the piece as well as appreciate the unique design. Nancy often feels that handwork is becoming a “lost art.” In her designs, she hope to re-create the rich history of textile design and fashion through the centuries in pieces that fit with today’s more casual lifestyle.
Shady Lea Mill
215 Shady Lea Road,
North Kingstown, RI 02852