Kimono fabric and alpaca fibre in the shop!

We’re adding craft supplies to the Counterweave shop! You can now buy vintage Japanese kimono fabric by the yard or in pre-cut packs. At the moment there are four types of kimono fabrics available.

There is also beautiful soft alpaca fibre in deep black and cream. Sold in packs of 100g  simply type in how many lots you want – if you want 400 grams put 4 in the quantity box.

And there are three lots of my handspun paper, perfect for mixed media work, shifu weaving or to incorporate in your next special project.

Little Weavings workshop with Mary Burgess

We’re very excited to announce that Counterweave artist Mary Burgess is coming to Rome and has offered to teach her Little Weavings workshop. Mary is an acclaimed Australian artist whose work we are featuring throughout April. Mary’s exhibition Woven Memories was held at Counterweave in July 2017 and we are very pleased to welcome her back to Rome.

Explore the creative possibilities of weave using a little loom and found and recycled materials through a three hour workshop.

Using a little cardboard loom you will keep at the end of the workshop, we will weave with a wide range of textures. These will include things you bring, plus silk, mohair, wool, paper, old photos, and raffia that will be provided. You will be able to explore both the weaving process and the possibility of different products. Even on a tiny loom it is possible for a beginner to create a little wall hanging or a neckpiece, a brooch or a little bag. Lots of unexpected effects can be created through weaving unusual materials together. There will be lots of yarn and scraps of beautiful silks available. Please also bring anything you would like to experiment with. The little weaving you make may stand alone, become part of a series or become incorporated into other art works you are developing.

Little Weavings workshop with Mary Burgess

Saturday 8 June 2.30 – 4.30pm.

Counterweave Arts Gallery & Workshop

Via Tor De’ Conti, 22


Min 2, max 10 students.

Cost: €45

Please let me know if you have any particular dietary requirements or allergies.

Featured artist profile – Mary Burgess

Silk neckpiece

We are delighted to feature Australian artist Mary Burgess during April.  Mary is a hand weaver based in Melbourne, Australia. We were very proud to stage Mary’s exhibition ‘Weaving Meaning’ here in Rome in July 2017, which featured some of the works from her Woven Memories project.

Mother Rug, part of the Weaving Meaning exhibition, Rome, July 2017.

As part of Woven Memories, Mary works with people who have kept precious clothes, fabric, scarves and buttons, often when a family member has died. Collaborating with individuals and family groups she takes apart and then re-works their loved items through the medium of hand weaving. Mary creates unique keepsake pieces such as baby blankets, bedspreads, throw rugs and scarves. These new pieces nurture and comfort and continue to hold memories of loved family members and special times.

Woven Memory project in progress

We have a number of Mary’s incredible pieces of wearable art in the Counterweave collection. As well as necklaces made from vintage Lyon silk, we have some of Mary’s very special talisman pouches, woven from eco-dyed silk and often incorporating found objects like parrot feathers and special sticks from Mary’s travels through Central Australia. You can buy Mary’s pieces through the Counterweave Arts online shop or contact us if you are in Rome to visit the gallery.

Talisman pouches

Australian hand weaver Mary Burgess in her Melbourne studio